Album Review: Ryan Francesoni – Parables (Drag City)

Joana Newsom's collaborator releases a disappointing solo effort

In a city renowned for its indie-rock scene, Portland dweller and [a]Joanna Newsom[/a] collaborator [a]Ryan Francesconi[/a] sticks out like a toff in a brothel. Wielding acoustic guitar – and the encyclopaedic fretboard-familiarity of [a]Nick Drake[/a] on Dexedrine – Francesconi debuts his own instrumental folk here, along with a lecture on sterile fret-wankery. ‘Parallel Lights’ weaves windy forest paths akin to those of the aforementioned elven folkstress but lacks an equally enchanting narrative to pull it together, while the iridescent harmonics of ‘With Hands’ impress but fail to entice. There only needs be a thin line between master and amateur, but apparently Francesconi didn’t get the memo.

Jazz Monroe

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