Vital Weekly Review of Acoustic Textures

“On his solo CD Birchall plays acoustic guitar with objects on the strings. The objects are also shown, as drawings, in the enclosed booklet. All of this was recorded straight to tape, although I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that a variety of microphones have been used here. Sometimes it sounds close by and sometimes far away. I think he uses spoons, pieces of wood, round objects, saucers maybe, that dance around and do all sort of weird things. All along Birchall plays the strings and does that in a nervous hectic way, certainly in ‘Play As Parable’ and the tracks that follow after that – roughly the second half of the release. Quite a blast, but a very nice one. Totally crazy, wild playing.”

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