For the better part of four decades and documented across more than 100 releases, Loren Connors has chased elusive trails of guitar-based, ephemeral blues. Often working alongside a heady run of collaborators (such as Jim O'Rourke, John Fahey, Alan Licht, Keiji Haino, David Daniell--the list goes on) but largely working in the solo realm, Connors' work continues to peel back deeper layers of distant, deeply subtle emotion. Recently, the guitarist and composer has experienced a sort of resurgence, with continued live activity and Sean McCann's reissue of Connors' classic Airs LP on Recital just last year. Now, Connors turns yet an entirely new leaf by releasing The Red Painting, his first released piece of piano music. The piece is undeniably Connors: drifting through air with frayed beauty, solemn optimism, and unbelievable restraint. Each note seems to spiral up like a sparking ember, burning its way higher and higher before fading out forever. Let's hope there's plenty more where this came from.
The Red Painting is out 4/1 as a 7-inch on Family Vineyard.