*Frosted clear vinyl 180g heavyweight LP in screeprinted PVC wallet.* Limited edition of 350 copies
The first in our 'X-Ray Records' series of vinyl releases is a reissue of one of our most loved tapes, Blue Twelve by Tashi Dorji. This was Tashi's first set of electric guitar recordings and was originally released in March 2014. Since then he has released a widely-acclaimed LP for Ben Chasny's Hermit Hut label and toured with luminaries and admirers like Sir Richard Bishop.
This is a very special LP package on frosted clear vinyl with screen printing that forms a photo negative of the original tape artwork if held up to the light. It doesn’t sound like a guitar.
But I know you like guitars, so don’t let that put you off.
It sounds less like an instrument, in fact, than many voices - swooping and surrounding the listener. Whispering lovely nonsense-poetry in one ear while its shadow quietly circles you and then shouts abominations in the other ear.
You know Forbidden Planet? Yeah, sort of like that. Not music so much as a real-time dialogue of different distinct voices, each with their own character.
Except it is a guitar. One guitar. All recorded live, improvised, with no edits or overdubs.
What’s more, this is Tashi Dorji’s first ever electric guitar release. His previous cassettes and download albums have stoked up feverish praise from fans. Ben Chasny was so impressed with Tashi’s gorgeous acoustic improvisations that he formed a label - Hermit Hut - specifically to put out Tashi’s music.
Ben Chasny - one of the greatest guitarists of the 21st Century!
And it didn’t end there, guitar shamans from Sir Richard Bishop to Bill Orcutt have been lining up to pay their respects.
As to how well Tashi makes the transition from acoustic to electric - it sort of simultaneously sounds nothing and everything like his previous releases. It’s no less communicative than that minimal coding of acoustic guitar data, but the sound now shimmers and flutters and fades in and out and crashes in tones of pure gold.
It could be the best thing this guitarist - already one of the very best of his generation - has recorded so far. Fuck. Imagine what he’s going to do next.