Monday, January 6, 2014

Cosmic Dancer

Bought just too late to be included in my list of 2013 faves, but Cian Nugent's all-but-instrumental beauty Born With The Caul sure deserves a spot in there. Nugent is an Irish picker known to be a John Fahey acolyte, who has broadened his horizon considerably now that he plays with a full band. Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd are rather obvious influences on his delicate yet fluid style, but I spy traces of Richard Thompson, Robby Krieger, and even Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel too. The over 23 minutes long epic Houses Of Parliament is the obvious highlight, but way too long to showcase here, so you have to make do with pastoral opener Grass Above My Head. Can't wait to see these guys live.

Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - Grass Above My Head

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