Cameron Knowler – Locations of Consequence
American Desires – 16 July 2021
Cameron Knowler’s first full-length solo album, coming just a few months after Anticipation with Eli Winter, may simply be mistaken as a soundtrack undertaking, most likely for a Wim Wenders or Kelly Reichardt movie. Fourteen unhurried but concise vignettes take up simply thirty-six minutes and handle to sound quietly adventurous and weird. Cameron’s background in jazz comes throughout from the off with the nice and cozy pickings of I’m an Outdated Cowhand, a stunning little narrative that subtly stops and begins and twists and turns. Don Bishop is in an analogous vein however sounds extra like leisurely journey music, though each tunes would properly play out the quiet travelling scenes of a Western movie.
A distinct sound solely are miniatures like Supertone Biome, an echoey minute and a half of gradual pulsing electrical guitar choosing, with pleasing and barely random bass notes offsetting the piece. Extra diminutive and nonetheless sparer is Atelier de Stein, a minute-long, slowly strummed electrical guitar chord that features extra as an interlude than a complete observe. These little electrical nuggets pepper the set and are ace. The swagger and drawl of the lo-fi slide tune Motoring Dependancy is enjoyable however with an underlying sense of menace. On the identical time, Second Prepare to Almogordo incorporates over-driven electrical notes slowly performed to create a spacious air of melancholy resignation. Cameron has a pure expertise for expressing a lot in a brief period of time; these songs really feel unhurried and filled with character, however none come shut to 2 minutes.
A broader track is the banjo led centrepiece Cat Spring, coming in at six minutes, properly over double the common observe size on the album. This wealthy and quietly epic piece makes use of a mix of delicately and extra firmly plucked guitar and banjo strings to fluctuate the temper of the music because it performs out till the guitar takes over for a solo climax. Lone Prairie, the opposite banjo tune right here, performs it extra historically and is paying homage to Adam Damage’s model of John Riley the Shepherd, one other robust and fantastically restrained banjo melody.
Closing track Kuyina is one other miniature, this one taken from an accordion piece by Congolese musician Camille Feruzi and performed merely on the acoustic guitar. This one exhibits the arrogance of Cameron’s taking part in maybe greater than some other on Locations of Consequence in that he manages to cram loads of emotion and chutzpah into one thing so simple as a single string bend. He additionally doesn’t have to repeat the piece, as an alternative deciding to finish it earlier than the two-minute mark. Like the remainder of this assured album, the unassuming nature of the tune and Cameron’s taking part in provides the music a sure allure and simple energy.
Launched on American Desires on July sixteenth, pre-order through Bandcamp: https://cameronknowler.bandcamp.com/album/places-of-consequence
Photograph Credit score: Laura Lee Blackburn