Boomkat Product Review:
This superb collection of acoustic pieces by Tom James Scott, a player in the improvising collective CYRK, proves that there's plenty of life left in the solo guitar movement yet. Necessarily, Scott steers clear of the areas of the field already commandeered by the usual suspects (by which I mean Bishop, Rose and Blackshaw) and finds his own way using rather more sedate, mellifluous compositions. After the gentle, classical-influenced introduction of 'Earthlight', Scott shifts up a gear to gallop through some more uptempo arpeggios on 'Flickering Shadow Of Ashes', while subtle piano countermelodies float about in the background. Next comes something a tad more experimental: the title track is a highly disciplined, minimal affair, featuring some splendid violin bowing (and plenty of scraping). It makes for a necessary break from the more florid pieces here, including the gorgeous 'Gliskr', which seems to be a culmination of all Scott's instrumental skills, easily taking up the most bandwidth (plucking, bowing and piano are all present and correct). Finally, the inappropriately named 'Openings' takes us to the finish line with a barrage of fluttering, harp-like harmonics. Tremendous stuff.
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