Boomkat Product Review:
Sparkling electric guitar duels that mingle Morton Feldman's avant minimalism with Roy Montgomery's delicate dream-drone.
'Visitations' pits London-based guitarist Leo Abrahams against New York legend Shahzad Ismaily and that's really all you need to know. The two are already so well established: Abrahams has collaborated with Brian Eno, Paul Simon and Imogen Heap, and multi-instrumentalist Ismaily, a member of Ex Eye and Secret Chiefs 3, has collaborated with Lou Reed, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson and Laraaji to name only a few. Together they make music that's notable for how effortless it seems; breathing in avant-minimalism but never trudging into awkward, stuffy territory, they seem to bounce ideas off each other with playful ease.
There's a cinematic quality to 'Visitations' with its tangled strings and sparse atmospheres. At times, it sounds as evocative as Neil Young's enduring improvised score to Jim Jarmusch's doom Western "Dead Man", but never dips too far into cloying darkness. Described by the pair as "anti-virtuosic", this surprisingly humble set should appeal to fans of Jim O'Rourke, Dylan Carlson, Nels Cline and Derek Bailey.