Album Review: Cinder Moon (www.themusic.com.au)
Cinder Moon is a delightful and dexterous adventure into Larkins' multi-faceted playing style, the inventive and enchanting musician wringing more out of a lone acoustic guitar than some full bands can muster between several members.
According to the man himself, this is entirely by design: "If you close your eyes and listen to Cinder Moon, you can hear a full band and a melodic vocal line," he said in a statement. "And if you open your eyes to see what's going on, it's a real show — all the sounds are there without the safety net of technology."
Larkins displays mastery over his instrument with an impressively casual air, dotting in hanging harmonics, swift switch-ups, percussive pulses and all manner of fancy little tricks to fill out his songs' soundscapes, the simple nature of his instrumentation belying the record's obviously broad musical influences, with even unlikely elements such as electronica and retro funk peeking through the foundations of his technical yet incredibly accessible tunes.
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