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The age of miracles, the age of sound…
Mark McGuire :
Along the Way
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are in a golden age of instrumental music. A prime example is Mark
McGuire whose Along the Way combines the experimental with the accessible, the crushingly
beautiful with the thoroughly mind-probing. Each composition is a tangled, layered soundscape, delicate guitars of
various tones interacting on all levels. A mirror to reflect your mood, or to invert it; a drug to alter your mind and body;
a feeling of warmth and well-being. In a word, this album is stunning.
Spotify: Mark McGuire - Along the Way
Rhapsody: Mark McGuire - Along the Way
Did you know that woodsman
is an intercollegiate sport, kind of like competitive forestry? Strange and awesome. I have a feeling that the dudes that
“play” this sport probably don’t listen to too much Woodsman the Brooklyn-based galactic-rock
trio who bend two guitars and drums around the space-time continuum to dizzying effect. Strange and awesome. Their
newest self-titled release is instrumental psychedelic noise jamming at its finest.
Spotify: Woodsman – Gravelines
Rhapsody: Woodsman – Gravelines
Stein Urheim :
According to Wikipedia, Stein Urheim is a “Norwegian jazz musician (guitar).” Listening to his new, self-titled,
album, though, it’s clear that “jazz” doesn’t quite do the job to describe the music. Guitars of all types: slides and steel
and more traditional, weave together to create slowly shifting sound collages. There are multiple influences buried
within each instrumental piece: jazz sure, but blues and bluegrass; ambient and noise, Western and world.
Compositions develop along the way, as new themes bubble up and then float away. This is patient, beautiful music.
Spotify: Stein Urheim - Stein Urheim
Rhapsody: Stein Urheim - Stein Urheim