Barnstormer

Tom Eno

Jack To Phono Records

6/10

Latin guitars & trip hop pop beats; it’s another exquisite album from the lads at Jack to Phono Records that is sure to leave you salivating.

On his MySpace page, Winchester native Tom Eno dared compare his music to Beck, but “with a thousand more influences than he already has…” and in some respects that is exactly what Eno’s music is. Presenting their sixth album to be released under Jack to Phono Records, “Barnstormer” is a sumptuous debut that mixes world influences, Latin guitars & trip hop pop with an evanescent beauty.

Oscillating between an endearing fragility and a surprising strength, Barnstormer sets itself up to be an exhilarating listen. Opening with Tijuana, you’re instantly introduced to Eno’s world of down tempo jazz come vintage Espana. Luring you in and never wanting to let go, it’s a truly inspired endeavour from this guitar wielding maestro. With stand out tracks like ‘Two Guitars’, ‘Estrella’ and ‘Sit Back’ featuring James Bright on this album, you get not one but eleven strong tracks ready at hand to continue your journey into a siesta like state with resounding beauty and adventure.

Michael Ajayi

 

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Hailing from downtown Winchester, Tom’s distinctive playing style blends classical Spanish and jazz guitar, drawing inspiration from jazz masters Charlie Byrd and Django Reinhardt as well as classical guitarists and composers such as Segovia and Villa-Lobos. His sound has been turning heads with hefty praise from heavyweight DJs & tastemakers alike including BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank and Hôtel Costes, who featured his track ‘Tijuana’ on one of their compilations. Tom has been involved in many projects in the last few years, including an album with singer and producer Mr James Bright, collaborations with German label Jazz & Milk and Argentinean producer Ezequiel Lodeiro. His newest project Mountain Folk with Danish producer René Kirkegaard has already attracted good attention with spot plays on Danish National Radio. A recent career highlight was his production work with Tickler Tea & Magic Fuzz’s track ‘The Shakedown’, which received radio play from BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamaq, was a top 5 Xposure tune on John Kennedy's XFM show and featured in the top 100 singles of 2010 in Drowned in Sound. Tom has been busy performing live too, DJing at Glastonbury and Ejector Seat festival with The Overeasy Collective this year so far and with previous gigs at London’s Jazz Cafe, Big Chill House, The Social, The Enterprise and The Bedford alongside live appearances on BBC Radio Solent being well received.

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