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May 18th, 2007

James Blackshaw – The Cloud of Unknowing


The intricate 12-string folk (London born) American primitive player, James Blackshsaw is back again with a new LP. James Blackshaw’s new album, The Cloud of Unknowing, is due for release on June 5, 2007. The Cloud of Unknowing has already drawn early praise from listeners and is recommended for anyone who enjoys John Fahey’s music. While Fahey is a common talking point when discussing Blackshaw, what I enjoy most about his playing is that he truly has his own playing style and draws from sources well outside of western folk. Eastern flourishes along with Basho influenced transitions add up to form a truly interesting listen. Today I have a track from the upcoming The Cloud of Unknowing. Compared to his previous output, I find some of his new songs to be more equivocal and taking a few more listens to truly appreciate and grasp.

James Blackshaw – The Mirror Speaks

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