RIYL: John Fahey, Loren Connors, Jim O'Rourke

Label: Thrill Jockey

This Is The Wind That Blows It Out of the park, more like. Glenn Jones’ verbose debut was released back in 2004 on CD alone. Glenn Jones and Thrill Jockey’s doing us a solid by re-issuing it on to vinyl. I guess with the color I should’ve written about this on Halloween, but I think this is a nice album to usher in this season normally spent by the fireside. Glenn Jones’ tracks, only consisting of six and twelve-string guitar, will pique your interest whether you’re in to folk music or not. Jones has no gimmicks to rely on, but his fingers and how fast he can pluck or how far he can bend the strings. There’s no singing to be found on here, leaving you to focus on his steel-string sorcery. All the tracks on here are solid, but my favorite has to go to the somewhat melancholic “Nora’s Leather Jacket.” Listen to This Is The Wind That Blows It Out below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Glenn Jones' debut This is the Wind That Blows It Out was originally released in 2004 on CD only by Strange Attractors Audio House. We are proud to give this classic a first time vinyl issue. The LP is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a heavy stock jacket with inner sleeve including notes and tunings for each song and free download card. A very limited supply is pressed on opaque blood red vinyl.

From Strange Attractors Audio House: “At long-last, the time is nigh for Jones to release his debut solo album. This Is The Wind That Blows It Out - Solos for 6 & 12 String Guitar is a collection of stylistically ambitious, utterly sublime acoustic steel-string compositions, proving beyond a shred of doubt that Jones is of a rare class of modern compositional guitarists in today's burgeoning avant folk scene.

In the spirit of the great Takoma Records releases of the 60's and early 70's, This Is The Wind That Blows It Out winds its way through rich expanses of varied stylistic terrain, charting a rich and unique course. "American Primitive" folk and blues, Spanish guitar, slack-key, rustic Mississippi Delta slide and classical forms cozy up fluently to one another, sometimes within the same tune. Glenn Jones' fingerstyle and slide technique is on dazzling display, guiding the music across scenic vistas of mood and color. Opening with the title tune, "This Is The Wind That Blows It Out" meanders with heady grace, "Delta-delica" slide guitar as intoxicating as it is mournful. "Sphinx Unto Curious Men" is the complete version of "Second Victim?", originally found in truncated form on The Strangler's Wife (Cul de Sac); here the opening eerie fingerpicking passage turns a corner into elegant and airy rooms of lyrical décor only to come back again, balancing the angelic with the ominous. "Fahey's Car" bounces and shimmers like some of Peter Lang's classic Takoma sides, and "Linden Avenue Stomp" is an alternate take of a old-timey duet with Jack Rose, originally found on his Opium Musick LP. Perhaps most profoundly, Jones is able to coax strong melodies and hooks from the oft-complex, stylistically amorphous compositions - a couple of spins of This Is The Wind That Blows It Out, and you will have tunes dancing through your head for days.

As interest in the old guard of steel-string innovators John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Leo Kottke and Peter Lang has been renewed with earnest, a new fraternity of Guitar Soli tunesmiths has come to the fore - Steffen Basho-Junghans, Jack Rose, Harris Newman and Glenn Jones. Along with his guitar-slinging brethren, Jones steps out of the long shadow cast by the Takoma stable and offers up "A New Possibility". This is the Wind that Blows it Out is a fantastic entry into today's simmering free folk movement, a debut album by a singular guitarist who, by way of Cul de Sac, has already turned avant rock on its collective head. Now his sights are set on the contemporary solo steel-string underground. Behold, for this is the New Folk Now Sound.”

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