Borough of Broken Umbrellas
Strange to say, but ‘Borough Of Broken Umbrellas’ is David Grubbs’s first record of solo guitar improvisations.
From his time in Gastr del Sol forward, Grubbs has frequently cast himself in the role of the composer / songwriter working with improvisers - witness his collaborations with Jim O’Rourke, Mats Gustafsson, Noël Akchoté, Loren Connors, Ken Vandermark, and many others. ‘Borough Of Broken Umbrellas’ is a profoundly unhurried probing (sometimes worrying, like a tongue and a tooth) of a handful of gorgeously spare theme, dividing its sides between two long tracks for electric guitar & nylon string guitar. Comparisons could include the Guitar Roberts (Loren Connors’ former nom-de-guitar) albums on St. Joan…Tetuzi Akiyama in his more lyrical mode…Jozef van Wissem’s mirror-image melodies for lute… Japanese koto and Korean kayagum sanjo music…