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- Imaginary Psychology by Matt Baldwin
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I’m surprised this has got missed by some of the lovers of the more out there guitar manipulation who inhabit our oddball universe. Starting out with a bouncy effects laden guitar style which recalls Dustin Wong his busiest, the first solo guitar piece ‘Lindsay and her Duplicates’ soon turns discordant, inhabiting a similar world to Mark McGuire or Expo 70 with streams of twiddly playing that is at once impressive and disconcerting putting the listener on edge rather than soothing.
‘Bokarian Dervish’ however is a gentle billowing piece of watery guitar strums, as if soundtracking sun glinting on running water on a warm spring day. ‘Imaginary Psychology’ is another much more laid back piece sounding like if Vini Reilly had grown up only listening to Neu and Can, it has a pulsing motorik rhythm to the guitars over which Baldwin adds further melodic ideas to end up with a lovely tangle of sounds. I was very excited to hear his take on ‘State Trooper’ it being my favourite Bruce Springsteen song by a mile and one of his weirdest. Here he changes tack completely, adding vocals and drums making the chilly late night atmospheres transform into a pulsing rock blast that could have been performed by Hawkwind or Wooden Shjps at their wildest.
A really varied album of guitar improvisations from gentle and soothing to way out there in extremes of discordance but always interesting.
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