I would guess, at this point, my love for Gordon Ashworth’s Concern project is pretty well-documented. So I’m kind of bummed that “Misfortune” represents the final album for the project, but at the same time it’s such a cathartic send-off that whatever Ashworth does next (hopefully a continuation of his incredible “S.T.L.A.” solo tape from last year) is bound to be stunning. “Misfortune” is based on the 15-string box harp in that all the music was created using said box harp (as well as field recordings) and the compositions represent Ashworth’s “direct impressions of traditional melodies for the Valiha Marovany (a box-harp instrument from Madagascar) and the Kora (a West African gourd-harp instrument).” That’s a lot to get your head around, but truthfully it doesn’t change the fact that “Misfortune” is a minor-masterpiece, no matter where it came from or what inspired it. When it comes to droning, electro-acoustic composition it doesn’t get much better. Shimmering string movements swim through silver aural streams like notes borne of the sun. As with most of Concern’s music, there is something innately organic with how these pieces are put together. Warm tones that feel natural, like they’ve always existed somewhere in the Earth waiting for someone to come along and dig them up flicker together until disintegrating into dust. Ashworth’s music, especially as Concern and under his own name, is always emotional; it resonates in ways that are at times uncomfortable, but always cleansing. This isn’t music you simply hear - you feel every micro-shift; every fleeting melodiy; every forlorn layer. As ever, Gordon Ashworth has created something beautiful and bleak and has sent his most memorable project into the darkness as a spectacular beacon of burning light. Highest recommendation. - Brad Rose, Experimedia

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