Riff Of The Week 6
Jonathan Wilson – Desert Raven
From collaborations with Tom Morello, Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Doobie Brothers, its obvious that Jonathan Wilson can hold his own on a guitar. Originating in North Carolina, Wilson’s music is the sweet spot between Folk and Psychedlic, and perhaps that is most evident on the track ‘Desert Raven’.
The clean and washy rhythmic feel of the acoustic guitar feels directly inspired by something from post- Beatles Harrion, whilst the down winding of the harmonized electric guitar is David Gilmour-esque at its best. A perfect tune for a road trip, that in itself is a sonic journey.
It seems Jonathan Wilson has managed to create an opus to guitar heroes – hold on tight, this is 7 minutes of wonder.
Kool Thing – Sonic Youth
Influential and an absolute must if you are sitting around discussing 90’s grunge guitar with friends. Sonic Youth were dirty and vicious with there guitar playing, often touching upon dissonance and textures previously undiscovered. Renknown for experimenting with unsual tunings and modified guitars, amplifiers and effects units – Sonic Youth took the idea of noise somewhere new with each release.
This brings us to ‘Kool Thing’ a quintessential 90’s grunge track,