Despite periodic lockdowns around the world, recordings continue apace. Lots of new names this month, which bodes well for the state of modern guitar.
Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and lead work have appeared on numerous recordings and film soundtracks. As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he has released recordings by other modern guitarists, such as Robbie Aceto, Wayne Krantz, and Leni Stern. His own latest release is Etymology by Burnt Belief, a project with Durant and Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin.
In the non-stop search for interesting new guitarists YouTube leads me hither and yon and marvelous players appear as if by magic, but I often forget where I discovered them. Somehow Eraldo Bernocchi crossed on my radar. He sent me Metallic Taste of Blood, his collaboration with Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin, percussive noise master Balázs Pándi, and keyboardist and downtown New York avant-jazzer Jamie Saft.
Blown away by its ambient dub-metal sound I investigated further, only to realize that I had been listening to Bernocchi for some time under the name Parched, on the 21rst Century spaghetti-western record Arc he did with Davide Tiso, guitarist and founder of the extreme/experimental band Ephel Duath.
Bernocchi with Obake