Transience - David Youngs Album Review

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The PR-notes quote from the Cambridge Folk Club is actually an accurate summation of my initial reaction to this mans new album ....we met David.... we were knocked out... So was I, because Transience is pretty special.

Essentially, David Youngs is a picker and a plucker of guitars, in a similar vein to Pat Metheny and a strummer and stroker like Ralph Towner or John Abercrombie in short, Youngs can play with the best of them. Except that so far, he hasnt apart from a few select shows with Emily Barker and Miranda Sykes I think his time will come.

The album starts with a few pretty technical (and just plain pretty) tunes, including the standout The Greenery, which wouldnt go amiss soundtracking a stroll in the country or a TV programme about the great outdoors. Much of the album is derived from personal moments in Youngs life Technomantra was written in Thailand, In Sabina composed itself in Italy and Sun Spirit harks back to the humble days when he busked in London its a shame he still doesnt, some of the current buskers are bleedin awful.

I guess the only issue with the album is it is just Youngs, without any accompaniment, which of course is how it should be, but it would be fascinating to hear some minimal additional atmospherics on the closing Sea Shapes, maybe some distant waves washing over rocks or a lone violin somewhere in the mix. But, picky requests aside, Transience is beguiling for the most part, with only Technomantra bordering on hard-work (although technically sharp). For fans of acoustic instrumentals everywhere especially in a remote setting.

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