Urban Driftwood (Limited Edition LP)


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Format: LP 
Label: Spinster 
Year: 2021 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS: 

A1 Sunshowers 
A2 I Wonder (Song for Michael) 
A3 Juvenescence 
A4 Dragonfly 
A5 Swift Breeze 

B1 Adrift (ft. Taryn Wood) 
B2 Through the Woods 
B3 Jarabi 
B4 Urban Driftwood (ft. Amadou Kouyate) 
B5 After the Storm 

PERSONNEL: 

Yasmin Williams - guitar 
Taryn Wood - cello 
Amadou Kouyate - djembe and cadjembe 

Northern Virginia native Yasmin Williams sits with her guitar stretched across her lap horizontally with its strings turned to the sky. She taps on the fretboard with her left hand as her right hand plucks a kalimba placed on the guitar’s body. Her feet, clad in tap shoes, keep rhythm on a mic’d wooden board placed under her. Even with all limbs in play, it’s mind boggling that the melodic and percussive sounds that emerge are made by just one musician, playing in real time. 

With her ambidextrous and pedidextrous, multi-instrumental techniques of her own making and influences ranging from video games to West African griots subverting the traditionalist canon of fingerstyle guitar, Yasmin Williams is truly a guitarist for the new century. So too is her stunning sophomore release, Urban Driftwood, an album for and of these times. Though the record is instrumental, its songs follow a narrative arc of 2020, illustrating both a personal journey and a national reckoning, through Williams’ evocative, lyrical compositions. 

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