Buck Curran :: Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas

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On his second solo album, Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas, guitarist Buck Curran assembles a set of peaceful Takoma-style guitar instrumentals, custom built for thoughtfulness and calm. Best known for his work with the psych-folk duo Arborea, Curran currently resides with his family in Bergamo, Italy, and this sublime lp finds him reflecting on familial spirits. Dedicating the album to his children Shylah, Liam, and Francesco, Curran devotes the first half of the album to carefully composed ballads and improvisations, the spiritual nature of his playing referencing Indian classical guitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and Robbie Basho (Curran recently produced an essential live document of the latter’s, Live in Forlî¬, Italy 1982). But on the second half of the lp, Curran explores more varied textures, dedicating the washing waves of electric guitar on “Taurus” to Peter Green, and collaborating with vocalist Adele Pappalardo on the tender folk song “Dirt Floor.” A moving and generous listen, Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas feels generative and expansive, like the best guitar soli can. You can grab the vinyl edition of the album June 15 from Forced Exposure. words/j woodbury