Bishop, Sir Richard / Intermezzo
Album: Intermezzo   Collection:General 12"
Artist:Bishop, Sir Richard   Added:Jul 2012
Label:Editions Mego  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-07-15 Pull Date: 2012-09-16
Week Ending: Sep 2 Aug 26 Aug 19 Aug 12 Jul 29 Jul 22
Airplays: 1 1 1 3 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 27, 2012: Catharsis
Inner Redoubt, Dance Of The Cedars
4. Sep 20, 2012: minimum entropy ii
Inner Redoubt
2. Sep 26, 2012: The Sunset Life
5. Sep 19, 2012: maximum entropy
Dust & Spurs
3. Sep 25, 2012: Songs: Cantan
Inner Redoubt
6. Aug 30, 2012: Catharsis
Dance Of The Cedars

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-07-11
The unknighted Sir Richard Bishop is a folk guitar virtuoso whose solo work after Sun City Girls has spanned a broad range of worldwide influences. His keen ear for harmony provides even his most repetitive motifs with colorful complexity. On this record, the almost entirely unaccompanied Bishop delves into a blend of Indian raga, Saharan music, American folk, and even jazz, with a humble yet vibrant approach, prompting comparisons as diverse as Chet Atkins, Jack Rose, David Gilmour, Steve Gunn, and Omar Khorshid. Most tracks are beautiful; those that aren’t are fascinating nonetheless.

A1. Bright and energetic Arabic-flavored tune, deep and hypnotic ostinatos
A2. A drifting electric haze of vaguely raga-esque half melodies wandering around, aimless but entrancing
A3. A joyful and bombastic Saharan jam, definitely sounds like an oud + some Berber percussion
A4. Epic acoustic raga contemplation, pure meditation bliss… if Steve Gunn wrote a lullaby, it might sound like this.

B1. Cheesy, old timey bluesy jazz romp, total Chet Atkins / Les Paul worship with a rich, surf-like electric tone
B2. Haunting electric meditations, sparse and melancholy. David Gilmour suffering from altitude sickness in a Tibetan monastery.
B3. Gentle, dreamy ballad. Delicate, bittersweet arpeggios stumbling in a somnambulant haze.
B4. Frantic, cluttered dissonance—totally incoherent sliding up and down the frets.
B5. Shimmering raga textures—some exotic scales over sparse, droning bliss

Track Listing
1. Dust & Spurs   5. Hump Tulip
2. Reversionary Tactics   6. Dhumavati
3. Dance Of The Cedars   7. Molasses
4. Inner Redoubt   8. Cranial Tap
  9. Khajuraho