Music To Art To #5: James Blackshaw
I've been listening to James Blackshaw for a number of years now, and quite naturally I find myself playing his songs around this time of the year (Fall).
Blackshaw's music hinges primarily on stark, cycling motifs played on acoustic guitar. His arpeggiations have a kind of dervish-like quality, spinning as they swells with radiance and then subside.
I hesitate to call his music hypnotic, as it leads me away from unconsciousness; instead I feel carried by it's expression and rhythms, fortified by it's orbit. Blackshaw's songs eacho the certainty of of summer passing into a rich autumn, the turn of day into night.
The following are a couple of lovely songs to begin with: