Eli Winter: Vinyl LPLPTLR140
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Label: Three Lobed
Release Date: 19th August
Ever fancied a record that makes you feel like a wild horse running through streams, chasing your shadow in the lush grass, seeing how far you can get up some rocky mountains and genuinely enjoying a simpler life where you're simply trying to catch joy? Well Eli Winter has the record for you, he picks the guitar like his fingers are dancing among the strings and floating up the neck like a soaring eagle. Really beautiful stuff.
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Chicago-based guitarist / composer Eli Winter's new self-titled album finds him building on the promise of his recent records - like 2020's Unbecoming and his 2021 collaboration with Cameron Knowler, Anticipation - with a gem of an album on which he leads an ad-hoc group that delicately balances a range of colors and moods
Winter is an accomplished player with impeccable technique and an unassuming virtuosity, capable of both mesmerizing intricacy and florid romanticism, but on Eli Winter he frequently plays a supporting role, creating ample room for his collaborators. The result is the sound of an artist escaping any lingering shadows of his primary influences and coming into his own; ironically, Winter does this by deemphasizing his role as traditional bandleader. Assisted by a murderer's row of peers and contemporaries including Cameron Knowler, Yasmin Williams, David Grubbs, Ryley Walker, Tyler Damon, jaimie branch, and others, Eli Winter showcases a compositional depth and authoritative skill only hinted at on Winter's rightfully acclaimed previous work. Highly recommended.