Chris Prowse: Sweet the Bleep (Proco/streaming services)

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Chris Prowse: Sweet the Bleep (Proco/streaming services)

Something rather different this time from guitarist/songwriter Prowse whose two previous albums – Trouble on the Waterfront and There Goes the Shiner – reached back to New Zealand's political past (the '51 waterfront strike and John A Lee's stories respectively).

Here he offers 10 gentle electric guitar pieces inspired by the landscape (the opening trilogy about Fiordland, which sounds warmer and more benign than most would experience it), cheery summershine folk on the title track and, on the appropriately titled Tune With No Name/Veinte Anos, a medley with harmonica by Andrew Delahunty which alludes to the more pastoral passages of Ennio Morricone's soundtrack music for those late Sixties spaghetti westerns (riding slowly through the desert rather than a big gundown or ominous drama).

Leaving Carrickfergus is a slightly melancholy folk tune with a beautifully understated melody (as is Love You Long Time) and in this context of rumination and consideration Kenny Burrell's Soul Lament (again with Delahunty) fits in seamlessly.

In a shouty world this is quiet conversation in a warm, fire-lit room.

You can hear it on Spotify here.

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