Elkhorn – Elkhorn

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[ Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, 2016 ]

I tell you what: I don’t get why this particular brand of folk with extensive fingerpicking techniques mastered in the 1960’s by Robbie Basho or Sandy Bull is called American Primitivsm. Because in my opinion to pull this kind of acoustic guitar trickery you have to be anything but primitive. But hey, there are stranger music genre names out there, so who am I to judge? Anyway, every once and then I return to this guitar goodness and the genre is very well alive, as exemplified by the New York duo Elkhorn. The dynamic duo of Jesse Sheppard and Drew Gardner on twelve-string acoustic guitar and electric guitar (respectively) draws “several different traditions; from American Primitive to Psychedelic Rock, from Hindustani to Mauritanian, from Krautrock to Jazz; pulling from players as diverse as Robbie Basho, Sonny Sharrock, Ben Chasny, and David GilmourThe result is simple, yet complex; clean, yet trippy; relaxing yet totally enveloping. An amazing listen, the intricate guitar soloing puts the listener in a state of constantly heightened awareness, being totally satisfied and begging for more at the same time. Highly recommended!

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