James Blackshaw - The Glass Bead Game
- Nicola Meighan
- 11 June 2009
A supernatural 12-string axe-slinger, James Blackshaw’s extraordinary muse educes Philip Glass, John Fahey and Peter Walker: he is awesome.
The Glass Bead Game, Blackshaw’s first album for Young God, (home to Devendra Banhart and Akron/Family), brilliantly exhibits the young Londoner’s enthralling guitar narratives and melodic intuition.
While his aural bedrock resonates with the legacies of 60s folk/raga melting pot Takoma, (Robbie Basho et al), The Glass Bead Game sees Blackshaw divert his sublime and dizzying mantras via vocal alchemy (‘Cross’), and piano incantations (‘Arc’).
In short: go seek The Glass Bead Game. It will take your breath away.