When I reviewed Sir Richard Bishop's excellent album "Fingering the Devil," I wanted to give you this song. But it's just so... long! So what better time to bring it back than during Robosexual's official long song week?
Those of you who read my review and/or have listened to the songs I gave you will have a general idea of what to expect. One man, one guitar, and probably like five cans of Red Bull from the sound of it. Where the rest of the album was content to culminate in simply urgent or heartfelt strummings, "Howrah Station," the last track on the album, surpasses all of them by actually calling up a demon from the pit, who possesses Mr. Bishop and wears his fingers down to nubs playing those strings. Well, not really, but this track is far more insane than any of the others, mainly toward the end, where I am honestly amazed that none of the strings on the guitar broke. His lightning-fast gypsy-flamenco style (and much of it improvised, I understand) describes the same sort of melody throughout the track, but at the end he flips out. I really don't understand how he can play so fast, I'd have to see him in person for my mind to wrap itself around the feat that is the final few minutes of this song.
Okay, I'm going to stop raving about this song and just give it to you. I'm listening to it right now - and I think that probably you've never heard anything like this. If you have, please tell me. Because 14 minutes of it is not enough.
Here's "Howrah Station," by Sir Richard Bishop.
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