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Album Review: Jonathan Wilson - 'Gentle Spirit'

It's some of the most luxurious folk of the year

Album Review: Jonathan Wilson - 'Gentle Spirit'

8 / 10 It’s never fair to prejudge a singer-songwriters by their titles, but with Jonathan Wilson’s astonishing debut, full of tracks called things like
‘Ballad Of The Pines’ and ‘Canyon In The Rain’, the fact he’s a Laurel Canyon-leaning, old-guard LA acoustician is blindingly obvious. What you don’t get from the names, though, is quite how well he pulls off his CSNY, James Taylor and Matthews’ Southern Comfort-inspired grooves, chucking in healthy shakes of Pink Floyd, Elliott Smith and sunset psychedelia to create some of the most luxurious folk of the year. As California dreamin’ goes, this is almost as good as heading for the hills, reaching for a hand-tooled native American bong and calling yourself Moon Unit.

Leonie Cooper

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