Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper
Ok after a week off for vacation the Raven is up an running again and its a welcome return to another entry in the FRKWYS series from RVNG Intl. This time the label teams RSTB fave and veteran string wrangler Steve Gunn with the slide guitar virtuosity of Mike Cooper. Gunn has cited Cooper as a formative influence on his own style of acoustic guitar and the interplay here between the two is a conversation of fluidity and languidity. The pair recorded the album in Lisbon, Portugal and they took more than a little influence from the local Fado music, emotionally similar to blues in its love of melancholy, an emotional line that definitely runs throughout the release. The lines of guitar lope and tumble, occasionally break down into a fit of noise but more often they tap that nerve of longing and losing. The series always brings the best of out any participant and this entry is no slouch in that department, Cooper and Gunn prove just how good feeling sad can be.
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