The Black Leaf: Dusty Road (Waht Records)

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The Black Leaf: Dusty Road (Waht Records)

And here is part deux of the Howden/Waht picture: an acoustic mini-album  (29 enjoyable minutes) written while he was in Brazil for four months and there is a chronological flow here of his travels, encounters and impressions.
A concept album, I guess?
Again what works is the modesty, understatement, layered musicality (guitar/vocal line/subtle embellishments from keyboards I think I hear) and his keen ear for writing something which is coherent, in every sense of the word.
In the past 10 days listening to this album back-to-back with its more electric predecessor I'm at a loss to say which I prefer: two sides of the same double-headed coin I think.
Check this man/music/label out through the link to his MySpace page.
I doubt you'll be disappointed -- and in fact the elusiveness and paucity of information about Howden makes him even more appealing.
God! He lives about five minutes away, maybe I should just go round?
But this is music I quite to enjoy at a distance from its creator.
It has that kind of alluring, remote quality too.
Hmmm . . .
 

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