Daniel Bachman – Axacan

Daniel Bachman’s Axacan is less a guitar album as it is a patchwork of manipulated environmental sonic artifacts, arranged in the most evocative and atmospheric of ways. Bachman took the field recordings and found sounds angle of 2018’s The Morning Star and evolved it into a higher form. Instead of decorating or setting the backgroundContinue reading “Daniel Bachman – Axacan”

Matthew J. Rolin – The Dreaming Bridge

Matthew J. Rolin never ceases to push against the boundaries of solo guitar music and this has never been more evident than on his newest solo LP, The Dreaming Bridge. This staggering double LP, out now on Feeding Tube Records, finds Rolin exploring new sonic horizons. He fingerpicks behind ghostly saxophones (provided by Patrick Shiroishi),Continue reading “Matthew J. Rolin – The Dreaming Bridge”

Mason Lindahl – Kissing Rosy in the Rain

Mason Lindahl takes solo guitar music well beyond its folk and blues roots, and approaches it instead from a classical and minimalist experimental frame of mind. The NYC-based musician’s compositions are filled with brisk nylon flamenco fingerpicking and tight lyrical melodies, punctuated by brief, but tense moments of silence. His guitar work alternates between aContinue reading “Mason Lindahl – Kissing Rosy in the Rain”

Steffen Basho-Junghans – The Dancer on The Hill

When it comes to guitar soli music, few artists possess the finesse and precision of Steffen Basho-Junghans, particularly on his latest album, The Dancer on The Hill. Released on vinyl last month through Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, this record shines with astonishingly intricate fantasias and fluid ragas that absolutely spark with life. WhileContinue reading “Steffen Basho-Junghans – The Dancer on The Hill”

Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland

Much like the billboard on its cover, the music of the Powers/Rolin Duo’s The Nightland is a gleaming light in the oppressive darkness that seems to be filling our world right now, providing us a little hope and illuminating a path out of the gloom. Comprised of two side-long pieces, this album finds Jen PowersContinue reading “Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland”

Jordan Perry – Changing Always Who Is Waving To Us

The stark and uncompromising Changing Always Who Is Waving To Us album is quintessential Jordan Perry. Perry, a guitarist who operates out of Virginia, is known for creating intricate avant-garde acoustic compositions. Yet the extended pieces on this cassette are especially impressive, since each track sounds meticulously constructed and plotted out, but were instead bornContinue reading “Jordan Perry – Changing Always Who Is Waving To Us”

Eli Winter – Unbecoming

It’s no secret that Eli Winter is one of the brightest new lights in the world of guitar music today. His sophomore release, Unbecoming, is just the latest strong case for this argument. Winter’s spellbinding debut, The Time To Come, dropped only last year (and ended up being one of my favorite records of theContinue reading “Eli Winter – Unbecoming”

Son of Buzzi – In Nächster Nähe/ In Weiter Ferne

With everything happening in the world right now, it’s important to remember that it’s healthy to pause. Pause and breathe within the space between thoughts and actions. It seems that the beauty and quiet hidden inside these little breaks is what inspired Son of Buzzi’s latest release. The songs on In Nächster Nähe/ In Weiter Ferne areContinue reading “Son of Buzzi – In Nächster Nähe/ In Weiter Ferne”

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t

What Alice Coltrane is to the jazz world, Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble is to folk music. The Chicagoan group, which features McLaughlin on 12 and 6 string guitars, harmonium and electronics, Joel Styzens on hammered dulcimer, and Jason Toth on upright bass, blend elements of American primitivism with free jazz and modern classical music together into somethingContinue reading “Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t”

April 2020 Roundup – Volume 2

While we all may be stuck at home, great music continues to pour in through our mailboxes and computers. Here are some more of the best sounds that have reached our ears this month… The Prefab Messiahs – “21st Century Failure” Always with their finger on the pulse of society’s ills, The Prefab Messiahs haveContinue reading “April 2020 Roundup – Volume 2”