SAM AMIDON The Fol­low­ing Mountain None­such

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JOE BREEN

Sam Amidon is not your con­ven­tional singer-song­writer. This is the Vermont multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist’s sixth al­bum and it marks a ma­jor depar­ture – for the first time he has writ­ten all nine tracks. Hith­erto he mainly adapted US and Euro­pean tra­di­tional ma­te­rial, us­ing the timeweath­ered struc­ture of the songs to an­chor his dreamy, jazzy sound­scapes. The com­bi­na­tion was of­ten breath­tak­ing, his lan­guid oth­er­worldly voice set against moody drones or fraz­zled polyrhythms, the skele­ton of the tune hold­ing ev­ery­thing to­gether. With­out these given struc­tures, his own mu­sic, steeped in tra­di­tional lore, free jazz, African rhythm and beyond, ini­tially strug­gles for shape. But given time, this al­bum re­veals lay­ers of co­he­sive imag­i­na­tion A fas­ci­nat­ing sign­post to the fu­ture. samami­

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