Cam Deas - Untitled Blues Part 1 & 2 (7" on Great Pop Supplement, limited to 300 copies)
I just saw James Blackshaw at Mercury Lounge recently and have been on a bit of a instrumental acoustic kick lately, so this single from the Great Pop Supplement by Cam Deas fit right in. Another English acoustic instrumental guitar virtuoso? I guess we can't get enough.
I'm not saying I'm familiar enough with either of their styles to the degree I could tell them apart, and so far this is very similar.
It's interesting GPS says this should be approached as one long piece.
In 'Untitled #1', on his myspace It's huge sounding, deliberate slow strumming, he's picking a steel string...real tinny, twangy...but giant, booming like Blackshaw's recordings...or like Fahey. Not sure if it's all 12 string, or not. It sounds full, I think I'm hearing all those high harmonics, with a touch of reverb or echo maybe...or it's recorded in a church...there's some sustaining waves after the strumming stopped.
I'm listening to another one of his: 'five bells' and it's very electronic, with synth atmospheric stuff, so this 7" might not be completely representative of his stuff, but I'm going to track down a vinyl full length too....Insound has one.
Seems like there's some south american influence possibly...like Django Reinheart? He's another one.
I'm getting into this scene a little more...I'm such an amateur.
Get it from Cam Deas's myspace page, or contact Dom at thegreatpopsupplement (at) hotmail.com if you want to get a couple of things, like that Spaceman 3 12"....if there are any left.
Stunning 45 from Sheffield based Cam Deas- a debut 45 on wax. 2 heavy strummed blues across 2 sides of vinyl- best approached as 1 long piece. Sure, the names of Fahey, Basho, Blackshaw, Rose etc spring to mind, but this has a raw, slow building presence and an expressive approach all of it’s own. A potent brew- perhaps a departure from recent work on labels like Blackest Rainbow and Dead Pilot, released as a pressing of 300 numbered, date stamped copies in linen card, fine art sleeves with sticker.
Why are you so limited GPS singles? And why does the post office especially fuck with the singles from England? The Jack Rose one...I've tried everything...except I came across something in an old sonic youth zine (issue2) where you can unwarp a record by putting it between two pieces of glass in the sun...I'll have to try that when it stops raining...it's the last resort for that one.