steve gunn & mike cooper
frkwys vol 11: contos de lisboa
For the the 11th volume of FRKWYS, a series pairing contemporary artists with influential predecessors, gifted guitarist Gunn meets roving, radiating legend Cooper in Lisbon, Portugal.
The duo take emotive cues from Fado, the regional music of Portugal, which is in close plaintive spirit to the blues. Cooper’s sparse effects toolkit & stately, gliding cadences are nimbly employed, while Gunn’s ashen voice & steady strum lend an intensely organic feel to the album’s improvisational portraits. The album convenes in an abstract, almost field recorded take on lap-steel & American Primitive guitar styles. For the brief idyll, Gunn & Cooper’s collaboration is remarkably rich, marking their passage through Portugal not just as a time to revel in an ancient city, but a time for focused collaboration & creative consonance.