Longing for the days of big-’80s solo-electric guitar cadenzas that recall a Van
Halen or a Rhodes blasting off at a summer arena gig? Well, this frenetic display
of dive bombs and furious gnat notes should get you pumping a beer-drenched fist
at the guitar-god heavens. Dude—this rocks!
The idea of guitarist Jeffery Zampillo launching into seven minutes of undulating
distortion washes and repetitive delay motifs probably will not thrill fans of shred
or structure, but there’s an air of beauty and mystery to this piece that is as
beguiling as a plaintive string quartet or an atmospheric film score.
With a percolating groove and some resonant single-note lines, Riddell promises
a vibey, Morricone-style adventure, but a thin and spitty counterpoint ruins the
mood. (Perhaps a stranger, more sustained tone would have worked better?) Then,
the piece meanders aimlessly. A little more focus, and this piece could have been
Following the rather standard ambient-music format of a fractured arpeggio
processed with loads of delay, “Walking” doesn’t immediately steal your attention.
However, as the piece unfolds, a few off-kilter and dissonant parts perk things up,
and help bring this textural exploration to a subtle, but satisfying musical climax.
Recorded direct through Fractal Audio’s Axe-FX, Cook’s tones are ballsy, articulate,
and huge. But “Callous” isn’t solely an example of some groovy guitar sounds,
as Cook melds wily arrangement and audio-production sensibilities with some cool
riffs and soaring melodies. This is a truly thrilling song that rocks like a demon.
After clicking through a ton of cool tracks this month, Hogan still managed to floor
me with this quiet and achingly lovely piece. It’s subtle without being boring,
familiar without being overtly clichéd, and passionate without being overwrought.
His clean tone and expressive phrasing are stunning. What a beauty!
I was attracted to “Axe-Men” because the intro nails the dreamy buzz of the San
Francisco psychedelic era. When the line was punctuated by a cheesy, pseudoclassical
string crescendo, I laughed my ass off. But then, the guitars cranked up
again, and, well, you gotta dig a track that keeps you guessing.
I must have been in a reflective mood this month, because the soft songs spoke to
me the most, and this is another gorgeous track. Over drums and organ, Ciccarelli
weaves a trance with repeating clean lines, before cutting into overdriven melodies
that lift the song’s spirit without breaking its spell.
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