First it was the Ottobit Jr., then the Mercury 7, and now the Polymoon. With these three pedals, Meris is jump-starting its entry into the world of boutique effects. The latest is a spacey delay that conjures up Pink Floyd and Vangelis, making it perfect for the new psychedelic movement. Modern guitar wizard, Noveller puts it through its paces in this video.
Just in time for the holiday that inspired its name, comes Shawn Persinger’s Halloween Baptizm. A problem with much “guitar music” is that it is too much “guitar” and not enough “music.” Much as I love the idiosyncratic nature of the instrument, other than noise-based or ambient guitar, I prefer guitars playing music I can imagine being performed just easily on piano, horns, strings, or vocals. Shawn Persinger’s Halloween Baptizm is just such music. As I listen to him play the overdubbed parts on 6-string, 12-string, nylon-string, and bass, I can easily picture a string quartet of viola, violin, cello, and bass playing these themes.
When Clinton Beale contacted me about a “new guitar gadget,” I was, as is my habit, skeptical. Hall E at NAMM is full of new guitar gadgets that are ill thought out at best and insane at worst. When I learned that it was a slide with one side that would emulate a sitar, my skepticism rose, but the videos on his site demonstrated sounds coming out of the East West Slide that seemed almost too good to be true. I had to check it out for myself. Clinton was kind enough to send me one for review. Along with it, he sent a three-page letter detailing some tips for using it and the process of making it.
Yes, it sounds like a band name from the Sixties, but it looks to be a pedalboard-friendly, pitch-shifting glitch pedal from the Japanese Bananana Effects company. It will capture a short loop, has a switch that will let you play it back either momentarily or latched, and a switch that permits you to shift the pitch up or down. You can order it in the states from Guitar Pedal Shoppe for $200 + shipping, or direct from Bananana for $185 +shipping.
Some emotional vignettes, a bunch of Mary Halvorson, and, to start off, a set by Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy.
Raoul Björkenheim eCsTaSy Doors Of Perception [Cuneiform Records]
Björkenheim adds some new tones to his signature edgy yet vocal style, (like wave form distortion), yet his distinctive instrumental voice continues to shine through.