James Blackshaw

Summoning Suns

Important Records IMPREC407LP
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'Summoning Suns' is James Blackshaw's tenth studio album and the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics. Drawing inspiration from 60's and 70's singer-songwriters, baroque/orchestral pop and folk music, while still sounding contemporary, 'Summoning Suns' is Blackshaw's foray into more traditional forms of songcraft.
Blackshaw sings in a gentle but assured voice while his words combine his personal experiences, neuroses and fantasy through many layers of abstraction, poeticism and dark humour.
While the deft fingerpicking acoustic guitar style of Blackshaw's previous recordings is still a prominent part of the sound, the songs are lushly and intricately arranged for drums, bass, piano, violin, flute and pedal steel guitar and features contributions from Simon Scott (Slowdive), Annie Nilsson and Japanese musicians Mori Wa Ikiteiru and Kaoru Noda (with whom he duets in Japanese on one song).

James Blackshaw: Summoning Suns

averoigne James Blackshaw 2' 13''
confetti James Blackshaw 4' 33''
failure's flame James Blackshaw 5' 58''
nothing ever after James Blackshaw 4' 38''
summoning suns James Blackshaw 5' 55''
towa no yume James Blackshaw 5' 46''
winter flies James Blackshaw 3' 07''
holly James Blackshaw 12' 51''
boo, forever James Blackshaw 8' 03''

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