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Coward [Digipak]

  • 1. Epiphyllum
    2. Prayer Wheel
    3. Thurston County
    4. Androgyne, The
    5. Rod Poole's Gradual Ascent To Heaven
    6. Divine Homegirl, The
    7. X Change (s)
    8. Nomad's Home Onan, The (Suite)
    9. I. Amniotica
    10. II. Lord & Lady
    11. III. Dreams In The Mirror
    12. IV. Interruption (Onan's Psychadelic Breakdown)
    13. V. Seedcaster
    14. VI. The Liberator
    15. Cymbidium
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CG141

  • Credits

    Personnel: Nels Cline (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, sound effects).
    Nels Cline is a "Guitar God" cut of an entirely different cloth. Possessing a seemingly limitless capacity for self-reinvention, Cline's expansive but thoughtful approach to guitar improvisation--most notably for alt-country experimentalists Wilco--has crisscrossed a mind-boggling array of musical styles within the free jazz, rock, and avant-garde idioms. Cline's fearless sensibility shows no sign of flagging on the ironically titled COWARD, the guitarist's 2009 solo effort. Deploying a constantly changing palette of sounds, Cline's wayward explorations never come across as haphazard or throwaway experimentations at the cost of musical structure. Long-form explorations such as the 18-minute epic, "Rod Poole's Gradual Ascent to Heaven," build from gentle acoustic thrums to wracked pile-ups of jagged, zither-like cacophony to ringing mantra-like repetitions, maintaining a sustained level of interest and engagement throughout. Meanwhile, on the more episodic "Onan Suite," Cline constructs bruising solo and backing tracks from a variety of non-traditional means from sampled and rhythm machine accompaniment to looping pedals, upending the often staid and academic tropes of solo improv jazz guitar.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.71) - "COWARD is a rare adventure: a series of dreams and sound portraits, played by Cline on an overdubbed ensemble's worth of guitars, etc...."
    JazzTimes (pp.52-53) - "The sound palette combines the ambient feel of Brian Eno's best with the skronk of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore."
    Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.53) - "From the opening dronescape to lush multi-tracked 12-string fantasies where he gets in touch with his live of Towner and Gismonti, Cline the romantic is on display here."
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