Monday, 14 January 2013
Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit (Bella Union, 2011)
"Gentle Spirit" is not simply the name of the debut solo album by songwriter / musician / producer, Jonathan Wilson, it represents the ethos of the artist himself. Warm, supple melodies etched in layers of stringed instruments and willowy organ motifs accompany his earnest, North Carolinian drawl as he tells tales of humane values lost and found.
Wilson's music is steeped equally in the woodsy contours of his Blue Ridge experiences and the atmospheric guitar reveries of Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service. In fact, "Gentle Spirit", an expansive double vinyl set, is remarkably evocative of that golden late '60s, early '70s period when rural and urban sensibilities colluded in producing some of rock's most imperishable recordings.