Glaswegian psych/drone mainstay Ben Reynolds has been well known for his contributions to such luminaries as Ashtray Navigations, Vibracathedral Orchestra and Sunroof!, but he’s never really been known for the tender touch of acoustic strings until now. Though he’d always used bits of clean string work in his pieces it wasn’t until the release of Two Wings that Reynolds’ name could really be said in the same breath as Stephen Basho Junghans and Sean Smith. His fluid, circular pieces on the album are sparse but decidedly heartfelt. Though his works have often conveyed very strong emotions, they’ve never been on this level; the darkness that’s ever present in Ash Nav’s work is cowered into the corners and the tracks on Two Wings are scattered with the ashen light of day. Ben lands in a fitting home amongst the stable at Strange Attractors Audio House, home to Junghans as well, and with this brief foray into the picker’s ranks I’m very keen to keep an eye on his next solo work.
[MP3] Ben Reynolds - Here Toucheth Blues
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