Mick Turner

Seven Angels (EP)

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Of all Mick Turner's unclassifiable and beautiful solo recordings, this EP is the most confounding. And yes, that is good. In seven tracks over 16 minutes, Turner manages to create his most mysteriously disembodied work. That said, it is disembodied in the same way an angel is: fully present yet not quite there, not physical enough to hold onto. Seven Angels' tracks are all untitled; they reflect the more nocturnal side of Turner's already night-steeped playing. The emotions are tender ones, but they are laced through with melancholy, tenderness, grief, tranquility, and acceptance. Guitars are multi-tracked but the sound is sparse, as it was on Tren Phantasma, but far more melodic in its sketchiness. Actual tunes seem to appear from the ether and reenter it without further development. Backmasked strings offer an even eerier fullness that is just as mercurial and just as fleeting as the melodic ideas themselves. To paraphrase Greil Marcus, you can play this record a thousand times, in the morning and in your car, you can rise with it and sleep with it, and you will never begin to fathom its mystery.

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