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SHIMMERING DELICATE DEFIANT UNEARTHLY,
This review is from: Keep Breathing (Audio CD)
WHO'S THE DURITTI COLUMN?
Vini Reilly (The Duritti Colum) is a virtuoso musician of great talent. His guitar is the tool he uses to connect his soul to the world.
He makes albums that are vibrantly colourful aural tapestries, intricately woven and deeply infused in emotional resonance that shifts and changes throughout his pieces in a mercurial fashion - as unpredictable and surprising as the British weather.
Reilly is The Real Deal. By that I mean a musician who, when you ask for references to his sound, there are none, because his unique sound is so much his own. In this way he should be seen as a british institution. To give you an idea of how important he could be, Brian Eno has cited The Return Of The Duritti Column as one of his favourite albums ever.
He has been around for quite some time now, and has made many albums honing and mastering his signature intstrumental guitar mood pieces.
WHATS THIS ALBUM LIKE THEN?
For me the most exiting thing about this album, and what sets it apart from his previous work is the use of iconic samples that provide wonderful counterpoints to the music.
There is an dynamism and tension that exists between the cut+paste samples and the sumptuously crafted and intuitively meandering layered syrupy guitar work. For example a well structured chorus will provide the hook in the track around which reilly weaves his charming and deeply affecting treated guitar. Improvised, classically beautiful and enchanting, this lifts you up into blissfull reverie... so by the time you finally return to the sample you wonder how possibly can these two elements inhabit the same song. Then before you know it the hook kicks in and (in the way that one might respond to the way a skilled dj segueing two unlikely tracks together)theres a feeling of yeeeaaahrrrs - Nice One My Son.
WHY HAVENT MORE PEOPLE HEARD ABOUT THE DURITTI COLUMN?
In terms of marketing Vinni likes to keep things lo-fi and indie (check his website to see how un-flashy he keeps things). The cover of this album is nondescript and unnassuming.Sure the duritti columns music doesn't scream at you but his work justifies artwork with more presence and majesty.
I personally don't subscribe to this "humble pie" artisan approach to image, and I find it deeply frustrating that someone with a talent of this magnitude is given so little exposure.
However when you first chance upon his music it does rather feel like you've un-eathered some rare, ancient gem.
THE GIANT WITHIN:
Reilly is a small bloke. He has a frail, delicate voice. But he doesn't need to shout loud to be heard, because he speaks defiantly from atop vast mountainous plateaus of shimmering beauty he has built with his layered guitar. Truth. Beauty. Poetry. Its powerful, spiritual music.
HOW CAN YOU QUANTIFY SOMETHING LIKE THIS WHEN IT SPEAKS VOLUMES ON SO MANY LEVELS - OK THEN I'LL TRY...
**** - WHY???
(1) This album is not a masterwork instantly enjoyable and accessable to everyone. It is however the work of a rare talent. In partaking in the act of listening to such sparkling virtuosity, one is enabled to connect with echos of the eternal, right in the here and now.
Dear Fellow music lovers, keep your ears to the ground, your head in the clouds and your hands in the air.