Guitarist/composer James Blackshaw's 2007 Tompkins Square album, The Cloud of Unknowing, received 'Top 50 Albums of the Year' honors from Pitchfork and Wire Magazine. Fresh off a U.S. and UK tour with Jose Gonzalez, and a bevy of year-end
praise from the blogosphere to The New York Times, Tompkins Square reissues four catalog titles previously only available as tiny, limited edition CDR pressings. James will return to the U.S. this Spring in support of his next studio album, to be released in June of 2008. Mr. Blackshaw plays 12-string acoustic guitar, picking endlessly circling, intertwining arpeggios: stately, tolling ones on the lower strings and faster ones, verging on tremolo, up above. Yet what usually emerges from the welter of notes is not bustle but
tranquillity. The music has the same contemplative scope that turns countless tiny daubs into a Monet water lily. ' Jon Pareles, The New York Times, Dec 31, 2007Originally released on CD in an edition of 1000 by Digitalis Industries (Digi017) and as one half of the "Sunshrine/Celeste" LP in an edition of 525 on Bo'weavil Recordings (Weavil08) in 2005.