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TASHI DORJI

Few Thousand Words Without Any

TASHI DORJI

Few Thousand Words Without Any

Gripping improv narrative by the gifted Bhutanese guitarist

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Ashley Paul

Weight

Ashley Paul

Weight

A beautiful and concise lesson in minimalist avant-pop

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DEAN MCPHEE

Glass Hills

DEAN MCPHEE

Glass Hills

Trance-inducing beauty by the West Yorkshire-based soloist

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JANDEK

They Told Me I Was a Fool

JANDEK

They Told Me I Was a Fool

A key piece by the arch outsider singer-songwriter

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Senyawa

Gugur

Senyawa

Gugur

Haunting instrumental descent into Indonesian doom folk

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Jean D.L.

Xanela, Pt. 1

Jean D.L.

Xanela, Pt. 1

Stark midnight acoustics by young Belgian player

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ARTHUR RUSSELL

They And Their Friends

ARTHUR RUSSELL

They And Their Friends

Recently unearthed wonder from Russell's 'Corn' LP featuring signature, distorted cello

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HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO

Ghrá Rúnda

HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO

Ghrá Rúnda

Aching bluesy lead by one of Norway's most esteemed young jazz guitarists

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Hubble

A Long Way From Home

Hubble

A Long Way From Home

Zs' Ben Greenberg fillets his axe in rainbow arpeggios

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Abdou Yahaya

Bori Possession Music (Hausa)

Abdou Yahaya

Bori Possession Music (Hausa)

Hypnotic, singular performance recorded in the Sahara

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Bill Orcutt

When You Wish Upon A Star

Bill Orcutt

When You Wish Upon A Star

Inimitable timing and diction by the Harry Pussy legend

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drcarlsonalbion

Gold XV

drcarlsonalbion

Gold XV

A standout moment from Dylan Carlson ov Earth's solo soundtrack

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LOREN CONNORS

Airs 12

LOREN CONNORS

Airs 12

Spectral invocation dreamt by the master of American nocturnes.

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Jonny Nash

Exit Three

Jonny Nash

Exit Three

Music From Memory mainman at his languid best

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: All Strung Out”

In this selection we cast an ear over some of our favourite, intimate and far-flung solo string releases from recent times and far beyond. It covers a broad spectrum of emotions and (mostly) instrumental notions, taking in improvisation by US-based Bhutanese guitarist Tashi Dorji, as well as Arthur Russell's cello drone pop and the barely-there presence of Ashley Paul; plus the serrated arrangements of Bill Orcutt and the otherworldly atmosphere of Indonesia's Senyawa; ancient-sounding visions by Dean McPhee and Jozef Van Wissem; and seductive nocturnes by Loren Connors and Music From Memory's Johnny Nash. While there may be clear, tangible connections between many of these pieces, they each represent unique expressions informed by myriad traditions, intentions and environments and should hopefully form a wider, impressionistic portrait of solo strings' place in the modern day.

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