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James Blackshaw: Sunshrine.

James Blackshaw

Sunshrine

Tompkins Square TSQ1844

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James Blackshaw's hypnotic, soothing, and joyous CD Sunshrine features him playing guitar and the Indian string instrument sarod, as well as the harmonium, organ, and bells. The title work and a shimmering second piece, "Skylark Herald's Dawn," encourage the listener with strong influences from Indian ragas and minimalism, as lengthy, lilting melodies are modified with complex rhythms. Blackshaw claims to be influenced by South-Asian folk music and visionary classical composers such as Arvo Part and Erik Satie - he told an interviewer, "I do have an interest in religion and theology and, for lack of a better word, spirituality and metaphysics" - yet his sound is blissfully personal and inventive. One reviewer called Sunshrine a "great soundtrack for settling dusk on a deep summer's day," but New Age fans will find it richly rewarding as year-round listening at any hour.
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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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