Deeply phantasmal duetting by the Japanese female accordionist à qui avec Gabriel — with a solo album on Tzadik — and Acid Mothers Temple guitarist Kawabata Makoto.
Six originals alternately for nylon-string classical guitar and grand piano, with JB’s own subtle vibraphone and B3 organ overdubs. Genevieve Beaulieu sings on And I Have Come Upon This Place By Lost Ways.
Ten austere, spiritual ragas by the Hindustani master-singer. Lamonte Young: ‘‘Jamuna ke tir’ in Raga Bhairavi stands as one of the great masterpieces of music.’
In a way ghostly and restrained — ‘it isn’t until midway through the record that the heavy riffage begins to slowly become buried beneath the white blizzard blanket that is the remainder of the album.’
Deliciously ethereal and dark folk from the duo of Oxford’s Sharron Kraus and Philly’s Tara Burke (aka Fursaxa).
Curator James Blackshaw brings together Espers’ Swedish cellist Helena Espvall, koto virtuoso Chieko Mori, Dutch lute player Josef Van Wissem — along with a track from Blackshaw himself.
Part improvised, part composed — intricate finger-picking across Eastern and Western scales, embellished with tamboura, harmonium and cymbala — a spellbinding, hypnotic bliss-out.