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- Melodies For A Savage Fix by Steve Gunn & Mike Gangloff
Avantmericana axeman Steve Gunn goes head to head with experimental weirdo Mike Gangloff here for five lengthy and meditative duets featuring the former on six- and twelve-string guitars and the latter on esraj, gongs, tanpura, singing bowl, shruti box and banjo.
Between them they create a mystical drifting sound full of tangy circular drones and exotic free-flowing guitar melodies that twist and flex twinkily in the throbbing suspended light. On 'Out Canning Factory Road' Gangloff grabs his banjo and things get particularly back-porch-sounding, the dusty amorphous twangs evoking Morricone and bluegrass while maintaining that smoky mysteriousness.
Elsewhere the shruti drones and harmonious twinkling make for an hypnotic listen, twinkling and humming in elegant and endless playful patterns. Good stuff.
8/10 Basket Press 1st May 2014
I bought this having liked Steve Gunn's Time Off album, but this is a different kettle of herberts. It is less obviously melodic and song-based than Time Off, more atmospheric and drone oriented, with a rather Eastern flavour in some of Gangloff's parts. Gunn switches between different acoustic guitars, including a resonator ( I love resonators!), to great effect on the different pieces, deploying styles of playing to suit the atmosphere of each. I can see this appealing to those who like the more abstract James Blackshaw albums or who found Tompkins Square's Imaginational Anthems box set interesting.
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