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BLACKSHAW, JAMES - Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Important Records IMPREC355LP
Release Year: 2012
Note: ninth studio-album; very intimate and more song-oriented compositions as before, based on piano, acoustic guitar & vibraphone, feat. vocals by GENEVIEVE BEAULIEU (MENACE RUINE) on one piece; lim. vinyl version
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"Important is proud to welcome back James Blackshaw for his first full length on Important since his breakthrough album O True Believers was released on the label in 2006. James has since forged a remarkable career achieving critical praise for his dexterity, his deep, connected songwriting and his beautiful arrangement. Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death is available on CD & LP. LP pressed in an edition of 1000. Limited stock of color vinyl for mailorder customers.

Written at a time of great emotional disquiet, the hauntingly beautiful and bittersweet ninth
full-length studio album, 'Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death', from British guitarist-composer James Blackshaw was recorded at Soma Electronic Music Studios, Chicago in December 2011 by engineer Andrew Hernandez (Balmorhea). The six original pieces contained on the album (whose titles are lovingly misappropriated from those of short stories by the late, great science fiction author James Tiptree Jr AKA Alice B. Sheldon,) are based alternately around nylon-string classical guitar and grand piano, with spare and subtle vibraphone and B3 organ parts overdubbed by Blackshaw himself. Genevive Beaulieu (Menace Ruine/Preterite) adds her stunning and powerful voice and words to track 'And I Have Come Upon This Place By Lost Ways'. 'Love Is The Plan' is an incredibly warm and intimate recording and perhaps
Blackshaw's most concise, consistent and overtly melodic to date." [label info]