Shadowmen

by J. William Parker

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=Album Description=

J. William Parker, a totally unknown folk singer from Hanoi, Vietnam, is the culmination of a rich lineage of home-recorded acid folk.
Parker starts out this record with the track Rope Around My Neck, which despite only being a minute and a half, is filled with a muffled, smoky atmosphere. One cannot help but picture him playing amongst the simple recording equipment in his bedroom while listening.
Once you hear Parker start to sing, accompanied by an acoustic guitar, the sound suddenly carries you away with the ambience of it's chilly digital reverb. His songs are calm, romantic and warm but heavy with feeling of resignation. You can hear influences from 70s acid folk and acoustic blues, which are apparent of tracks like his uniquely crafted the cover of “Here my train is coming” by Jimi Hendrix. Other instrumental tracks like The Shadowmen or Instrumental number one invoke a sense of nostalgia within the listener with their sweet melodies. Fans of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, or Ted Lucas, will enjoy the essence of modern, home-recorded, loner, acid folk captured on this record.

時代を超え脈々と受け継がれてゆく、宅録アシッド・フォークの系譜。
昨年GGBが発掘した謎のフォーク・シンガー、J. William Parkerによるこのアルバムは、わずか一分半のフォーク・ソング "Rope around my neck" で幕を開ける。くぐもった音質の中(思わずベッドルームでの簡素な録音風景を想像せずにいられない)、ひとりの男がアコースティック・ギター片手に歌い上げたかと思うと、突然、デジタル・リバーブの冷ややかな残響に身を潜めてしまう。
彼の歌は、どこか不器用ではあるがロマンチックで、なにか諦念のようなものを感じさせながらも穏やかな温かさに満ちている。70年代アシッド・フォークや、Jimi Hendrixの”Here my train is coming”のカバー曲などアコースティック・ブルースへの傾倒を窺わせる曲群が彼の世界観を上手く引き出している。"The Shadowmen" や "Instrumental numbre one" などで時折つま弾かれるギター・インストゥルメンタルからは、素朴で味わいのあるメロディー・センスも垣間見える。
Nick DrakeやTed Lucasらにも通ずる伝統的なフォークのエッセンスを備えながら、現代宅録フォークのリアルを捉えた好盤。

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released November 11, 2016

All songs except track 9: Written/arranged by J. William Parker
Track 9: Written by Jimi Hendrix
Mix & Mastering: J. William Parker
Recorded at Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Binh Tanh District, Saigon, Vietnam in June 2014
Artwork: Vy Ngo

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