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FRACTAL GUITAR

Stephan Thelen

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.02 | 13 ratings

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admireArt
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4 stars Another great 2019 album which actually explores new possibilities for the progressiveness of Prog Music.

If taken literally this is actually an electric guitar based album, but as far as its music writing goes it does not overwork its performances for the sake of doing so. Opposite to that its compositions are well balanced, creative, detailed and, better yet, the variety of guitar players, guitar effects and guitar & bass ideas actually add up for an uncommon freshness and heavy/lightness which makes the whole trip enticing and eventually recurrently inviting.

Fractal Guitar (2019) is a 5 track release, which could well be set close to King Crimson kingdom's outskirts or Sonar's neighborhood yet its personal musical language establishes its own game and rules and although it witholds some kind of Rock in Opposition obscurity its Avant Prog approach is far from the macabre and its sound closer to the Eclectic Prog mutability where Jazz is not actually Jazz, nor the Blues the Blues and Rock, well, not exactly Rock.

Nevertheless everything falls into place naturally and its electric guitat electronic efx also open the door for, yes, electronic music atmospheres (not exactly Progressive Electronic of course).

If forced to come up with a single adjective I will choose seductive.

****

admireArt | 4/5 |

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