Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Wintres Woma

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Wintres Woma

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James Elkington

Paradise of Bachelors

English guitarist's debut is full of magic and mystery

Magic is afoot in James Elkington's debut solo album Wintres Woma. The collection, which takes its title from the Old English for "the sound of winter," tethers Elkington's mystic yet matter-of-fact worldview to labyrinthine guitar lines as strong and supple as a serpent's spine.

The Chicago-based English guitarist draws on his previous collaborations with Richard Thompson, Jeff Tweedy, and Nathan Salsburg, and goes one step beyond. Here, the timesignature-slipping arrangements are more playful, and the melodies shuffle through jazz, British folk, and chamber pop.

Elkington's rippling picking emerges from the mist on "Wading the Vapors," a fogbound journey recast as a lucid dream, where Tomeka Reid's cello groans like an unseen beast. …

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