M.H.H. – Cassiope: Protection Songs for Guitar

M.H.H.’s Cassiope: Protection Songs for Guitar is without a doubt one of the most unique solo guitar records of the last year.

Released on the Home & Garden label, this record features a boundless range of sounds, textures and moods. M.H.H., A.K.A. Matthew Himes, shows off his vast virtuosity here as well as the endless horizons of his taste in music.

Himes utilizes his instrument to create everything from droning ambient soundscapes to flamenco-like acoustic fantasias and acid-fueled electric meanderings. Each track here represents an entire exclusive realm of Himes’ enigmatic guitar playing, all of which he is very much a master of.

A particularly fine moment on this cassette is the peaceful “Pedicel,” which combines hushed acoustic strumming with a backing of soft organ-like pulses. The guitar, which is bathed in a thick layer of reverb, is light and graceful while the keyboard in the background creates a cushiony atmosphere, making the entire piece feel intensely dreamlike. If you need help feeling chill for a moment, this song will surely do the trick.

Click here to get this album digitally or on yellow limited edition cassette today.


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Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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