Hands down one of the most intricately beautiful instrumental albums of the year so far. Jack Rose (of Virginia neo-psych band Pelt) is not only a guitar virtuoso of the highest order, an adept finger-style picker in the Rev. Gary Davis/John Fahey tradition (he covers the latterâ€™s â€œSunflower River Bluesâ€), heâ€™s an imaginative genre-hopper who â€“ like Fahey in his later years â€“ can make his acoustic guitar an instrument for meditative psychedelia, even make it sound like a sitar.
Aside from the Fahey cover, all eight tracks on this solo excursion are originals, starting out in a mostly traditional vein and then, on the second half of the disc, mixing in the raga influence on alternating tracks. There are times where youâ€™d swear there were two guitarists playing, but itâ€™s just Rose in first takes. - Steve Holtje
Mr. Holtje is a Brooklyn-based former editor of Creem Magazine and CDNow.com, editor of the acclaimed MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide, and contributor to The Big Takeover, Early Music America, and many other hip periodicals. He is a buyer at Sound Fix, a hot new record store in Williamsburg.