We've sat with this for quite a while now and it is both traditional and strangely modern. Full of surprises and really beautiful. Highly recommended.
Fourth release on new independent label Basin Rock following highly acclaimed albums by Julie Byrne and Nadia Reid. Born in Sheffield before moving around various parts of Derbyshire, Shropshire and Scotland and then settling in Moss Valley - an abandoned and forgotten area on the edgelands of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire - it makes perfect sense that 26 year old Jim Ghedi’s music feels both fluidly transient yet also deeply rooted to a sense of place.
In 2015 he released his debut album, 'Home Is Where I Exist, Now To Live and Die' (Cambrian Records), which was an extension of the folk-tinged six and twelve-string acoustic guitar instrumentals he had been forging for some time around Sheffield's pubs and then whilst traveling across Europe.
On his second album, 'A Hymn For Ancient Land', his elemental style of playing has expanded into a fuller band set-up, complete with glorious orchestration and dazzling composition that makes it a truly innovative contemporary record whilst still being rooted in great tradition. Through the inclusion of double bass, violin, cello, harp, trumpet, piano, accordion and numerous other instruments, Ghedi has elevated his unique blend of folk music to a level far beyond that of that of his earlier work. Perhaps most remarkable still is how seamless their inclusions feel, rather than wrestling for space, the wealth of instruments float in and out of one another, interlocking absorbing guitars, gently whirring strings and drums that beat like the faint sounds of thunder on the horizon.
LP - Jacket is gloss laminate with front and back folds on the outside.The back panel is uncoated / matt varnish - 300 gsm card and 180 Gram vinyl. Inner sleeve with 'field notes' from Jim. Comes with Download.
CD - With 8 Page Booklet.
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