Best Vancouver albums of 2016: Malcolm Jack – ‘Inner Circles’ (self-released)

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If you caught Malcolm Jack’s solo sets around town this past year – at the Lido or the West 4thAvenue Khatsahlano Street Party to name a couple – you likely witnessed him jam on an uninterrupted, meandering, 30-minute-long guitar exploration. You likely witnessed him work out his second solo release Inner Circles.

Many passages on Inner Circles are certainly reminiscent of those performances, except on record, Jack has dressed them up with wistful, airy flutes and serene, graceful harps creating illusions of streaming water. Enough space and variation – enough ebb and flow – exists throughout the single 27-minute-long self-titled track that it never feels arduous or too repetitive. Find inner peace with Inner Circles.

Standout track – “Inner Circles”

See the rest of my picks at Vancouver Weekly.

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