Sam Gendel
Leaving Records
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1Vertical Stripes
2Rising Steam
3Parallel Diamonds Or Crossed Cords
4Seven Treasures Of The Buddha
5Interlaced Circles Of Two Birds
8Fishing Nets
9Fish Scales
11Woven Bamboo
12Plaid Design Of The Nakamura Family
13Bamboo Fence
14Horizontal Stripes

»blueblue« is the latest full-length from multi-instrumentalist and all-around vibe wizard, Sam Gendel. The record, out via Leaving Records, is a concise, tightly wound song suite whose 14 tracks each correspond to a pattern within sashiko, a traditional style of Japanese embroidery. This conceit remains playfully ambiguous — to what extent, if at all, is Kagome (woven bamboo) meant to evoke the pattern of the same name, for example? But there is an intuitive sense, throughout blueblue, that Gendel has, in this instance, narrowed his focus. To say that blueblue feels richly textural might be a little on-the-nose, thematically, but alas…it does. There is an intimacy, a humility, and a strength at play here that typifies the work of a master craftsman. Only an artist could make it sound so effortless.