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Album Review

The first long-player from mercurial Irish guitarist Cian Nugent under the Cian Nugent & the Cosmos moniker, the No Quarter-issued Born with the Caul explores much of the same sonic territory as his elegant and deliberate 2011 solo outing Doubles, but the addition of a backing band (strings, drums, horns, base, and keys) goes a long when fleshing out Nugent's evocative, contemporary spin on late-'60s and early-'70s progressive folk. A heady blend of influences both old (John Fahey, John Martyn) and new (Jack Rose, Jim O'Rourke), the ambitious and atmospheric, three track, 45-minute Born with the Caul impresses with its new school take on old-school psych-folk.

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Cian seems to fully realize that "less is more". He's not afraid to leave some space between notes. If you want someone that runs scales up and down the neck like a hamster on a wheel, you've come to the wrong place. This music is all about hitting the right notes at the right time.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Guitarist and songwriter Cian Nugent hails from Dublin, Ireland. His playing style, while quite unique, derives from many sources. Early recordings reveal the deep influence of the American Primitive players including John Fahey and Robbie Basho and the great British folk guitarists such as Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, and John Renbourn. Along the way, more idiosyncratic sources made themselves known in his playing and composing: he is equally obsessed with blues and traditional musics, late-'60s and...
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