If you happen to know CT-based guitarist Loren Connors from his more avant-garde work, you might be pleasantly freaked out by the rerelease of his 1999 solo-guitar album Airs. This album came out quietly back then but has since developed a small following and contributed to Connors’s wider renown as a master guitarist capable of performing in a wide variety of styles, from experimentally inflected Delta blues to noisy drone sessions alongside Kim Gordon.
Airs is a 41-minute tapestry of slow and silky but finely detailed electric-guitar improvisation that flutters with a natural ease. Listening to it is like taking a deep breath and transforming into a starry sky above wide-open spaces. Connors weaves careful pauses and ringing chords with fleeting melody, gently tugging the listener by the hand through feelings at once restrained and expansive, conveying a sort of calm, rustic quality. Each track may seem short, but they flow together so well the album seems more like one long piece.
The original CD copies of Airs are nigh impossible to find unless you’re willing to dole out some cash. Not only that, Recital only pressed 520 of the new LPs and is sold out of their own copies. BUT, as of the date of this post, you might still be able to order one from Experimedia if you’re lucky. Do it quick.