james blackshaw
o true believers (Important)

Twenty-three-year-old English guitarist James Blackshaw has smitten the world of
acoustic guitar with a pair of solo instrumental albums. He's a 12-string virtuoso who
not only can play three lines at once (melody, counterpoint, bass) but also give them
such utterly distinct timbres that it's barely believable that it's a single instrument. His
pieces are spacey, droney, and meditative, like Sandy Bull's raga-influenced style but
gentler. On this disc Blackshaw occasionally overdubs tamboura, harmonium, cymbala
(an Eastern European psaltery), and some lightly jingling percussion (³The Elk with Jade
Eyes² even goes without guitar after awhile). It may well be the most beautiful music of 2006.
by Steve Holtje