Boomkat Product Review:
With the post millennial interest in solo guitar music seemingly at its peak, there could be no better time to issue yet more fabulously twisted guitar improvisation, and few do it better than German impresario Steffen Basho-Junghans. His 14th release and a far cry from his recent album of experiments on Preservation records, this goes far more willingly down the Robbie Basho/John Fahey road, twisting melodies around themselves and constructing heady, epic raga's. The opening track 'Late Summer Morning' is a monster twenty-two minutes long, and goes from strength to strength without ever losing your attention or getting difficult on your tired eardrums. Probably a good modern point of comparison would be the fantastic James Blackshaw, who recently turned heads with albums for Digitalis, Bo Weavil and Important. The two musicians both show a reverence for times past while making sure their compositions don't sound dated or overdone, and on this record Basho-Junghans certainly makes a pitch to take his specific sound to the next level. His technical skill needs to be heard to be believed, but it's the embedded melodies which end up winning me over at least, which dance and skip through the arpeggios like distant spirits in the trees. Quite lovely, and a great accompaniment to the John Fahey box-set also out this week.