A bunch of familiar Guitar Moderne faces join one new name in a sextet of new releases.
David Kollar/Arve Henriksen Illusion of a Separate World [Hevhethia]
Kollar’s guitar has gone from recalling Eivind Aarset (with whom he has worked) and Stian Westerus, to a sound of its own and a perfect foil for Henriksen’s trumpet and vocal styles.
Meloche/Archer/Robair/Hodnett The Sincerity Of Light [Discus Music]
Trance-like minimal loops and drones from Canadian electronics composer/guitarist Chris Meloche; orchestrated by Martin Archer, who also plays woodwinds and electronics; with improvised percussion from Gino Robair and voices Lyn Hodnett. A meeting of minimalism and improv.
Ross Garren/Andre LaFosse Cranky Machines [Bandcamp]
LaFosse’s https://www.guitarmoderne.com/artists/spotlight-andre-lafosse funky and evocative guitar loops join Garren’s vintage and video game keyboard tones for highly textured, Pee Wee’s Playhouse of a record.
Lucas Brode Spying [Bandcamp]
Spying offers a perfect blend of freedom and structure, as Brode overdubs evocative guitar sounds, both solo and with drummer Sammy Wags.
Peter Schwalm How We Fall [Rare Noise]
Eivind Aarset’s processed guitar joins Schwalm’s guitar, pianos, electronic devices, acoustic and digital sound modules to create soundscapes from dream-like to nightmarish, stopping at all points in between.
Mark Wingfield Tales From The Dreaming City [MoonJune Records]
Wingfield is the only guitarist I know of who is currently integrating electric and synth guitar into a personal sound that gives away none of the expressive qualities we love about the instrument, while extending its textural possibilities,
Record Picks is a periodic offering from Guitar Moderne: a listing of recordings brought to my attention that I feel are worthy of being brought to yours. These are not reviews. Feel free to submit recordings, but they must be purchasable worldwide, reflective of modern guitar (subjective to be sure, but no blues, classic rock, be-bop, country, etc.) and on a par with the ones above to rate a mention. Many of these are available from DMG in NYC. If you have already sent me a recording, feel free to remind me.