Sir Richard Bishop
The Unrock Tapes
Beautiful solo LP from Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls in an edition of 500 copies on clear 140g virgin vinyl: The Unrock Tapes presents a major public service by compiling the best of his privately-released and only barely available tour CD-Rs while bundling them with two exclusive new jams. Bishop ranges over a bunch of core styles here, weird Arabic/Middle Eastern raga forms rendered with a ton of mystery, loner frontier ballads cut with the hallelujah style of Albert Ayler, classic SCG-style rips through cannibalised Indonesian pop... Like Bill Orcutt, the seeds of Bishop’s creative trajectory can be traced right back to the earliest SCG sides and The Unrock Tapes present his evolution as an unbroken continuum, factoring in all sorts of stray influences, from John Fahey and Bola Sete through flea market folk and fourth world devotionals, while transforming them all via his own uncompromisingly inventive logic. A beautiful set from one of the great string-thinkers of the modern age. Highly recommended.