Young Brothers from Chris Sharkey streams

Now available today for the first time is lead-off track 'Young Brothers' from guitarist Chris Sharkey's Presets. A startling sound, elegiac in a raw jagged style that is very heart on sleeve without any maudlin sentimentality to it 'Young …

Published: 28 May 2021. Updated: 4 months.

Now available today for the first time is lead-off track 'Young Brothers' from guitarist Chris Sharkey's Presets.

A startling sound, elegiac in a raw jagged style that is very heart on sleeve without any maudlin sentimentality to it 'Young Brothers' is a ballad, halting and deliberating, for the 21st century but no throwback given the methods and sounds it employs. Leeds-based Sharkey, who hails from the north east of England, is best known for his work with Acoustic Ladyland and TrioVD. He also arranged WorldService Project's For King and Country. The 11-track album, solely electric guitar and hardware, was recorded to one stereo track with no additional processing post-performance. The complete track listing is: 'Blue Cloud, Red Fog'; 'The Sharecropper’s Daughter'; 'Faloodeh With Flake'; 'Evangelist (Salvation History)'; 'Detained At The Border'; 'Blowup'; 'Young Brothers'; 'Torpid Metacarpals'; 'Watt, Law and Order'; 'Puget Sound Backlash'; 'Scorpion Bow'. Album release date is 25 June. Link to get the track

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Dave Holland, Another Land *****

A trio that sounds bigger than it is. Holland's beefy beat and Eubanks' canny channelling of flow moves mountains so that a rhythmic impetus that's easy to internalise is enlarged. And that's not all. If you are scouring the Holland back …

Published: 28 May 2021. Updated: 4 months.

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A trio that sounds bigger than it is. Holland's beefy beat and Eubanks' canny channelling of flow moves mountains so that a rhythmic impetus that's easy to internalise is enlarged. And that's not all.

If you are scouring the Holland back catalogue for clues as to predecessors and there's plenty of choice closest to this context is when guitarist Kevin Eubanks joined Holland for World Trio. That time the trio was wired for percussion rather than strictly drums as Mino Cinelu was on board rather than as here where drums, in the hands and feet of Obed Calvaire a player probably best known for his work with the great Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, play a more urgent role. So by this reckoning at Another Land's core it's the Holland and Eubanks ability to enhance their riff-groove flair to then go to market flo'etically with Calvaire, the three riding a certain wave. Another Land was supposed to have come out last year but it's worth the wait and is far earthier than when Holland is with a pianist as chief harmonic foil. Eubanks injects a certain razor edged bluesiness when required but he also is astute at opening up a lot of space, say on 'Gentle Warrior'. In terms of sheer riffery 'Mashup' is unbeatable. Given how Holland is a master of metrical elasticity 'Mashup' is a reminder of how he can get his finger fangs to twang at will as Eubanks merrily pitch bends away but just as easily DH can wrap his own gnashers around a riff that he has rustled up frankly miraculously from scratch that you'll want to chew on all day long. On Edition, out today