Micahel Ashford – This River

This record clocks in at just under twelve minutes for five tracks.  It is short by anyone’s standards but in terms of ambient, classical music it really is ridiculously short in length.  Blink and you’ll miss it.  However, if you don’t blink and you pay full attention you will simply love the short, sharp beauty of the work.  Shrill piano tinkering starts before gorgeous acoustic guitar sublimely filters through on opening track ‘Dallas Misses You’.   The ambient backing and piano tinkering complete a fine short opening to the record.  Piano becomes the focus of the record on tracks two and three with track three, ‘A Convergence Of Birds,’ being the ep’s sublime stand out piece.  It’s back to the acoustic guitar for the wonderfully dreamy ‘Blood Orange’ before the record concludes with another slice of midnight bluesy piano in the form of ‘Green Coat Dream.’  Unquestionably, there is a bluesy nature to this work, but it completely falls under the ambient/classical bracket.  Another fine release from Sonic Reverie Records.  I have been a long standing admirer of Chris’ blog and now I am equally impressed by the music he is releasing on his record label.  His ability to find and support these musicians is fantastic and I will be keeping a close eye out for future releases from his label.  In the meantime, please check out his blog here and Michael Ashford’s music here.  Enjoy.

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