Return for the third (full-length) time to the world of Dean McPhee, and sit in the centre of his elegant swirling electric guitar pieces. Four Stones combines tracks from rare editions of Folklore Tapes cassettes with two excellent new pieces, adding up to a good-sized portion of McPhee in all his melodically instrumental glory. Vinyl release from Hood Faire.
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Hood Faire have thoughtfully issued us with this beautiful vinyl-edition LP / part-compilation from Dean McPhee, titled ‘Four Stones’. Possibly hand-hewn from granite with the skill of a master craftsman, there are 5 individual pieces on the record; with three tracks previously available in different versions on now out-of-print Folklore Tapes comps. Every single part of this record is pure beauty, so I’m glad these pieces of music are available once more on your favourite format.
McPhee’s guitar style is one of crystal-clear, wide-eyed, universe-embracing concentration. The ambience is glacially-paced to set the perfect counterfoil to McPhee’s sure-footed, lineally melodic guitar lines, phrases and motifs. There’s even some blues-y, slide-guitar glissando, on the first of the ‘new’ tunes here; ‘Danse Macabre’ -- making for some ideally mournful, melancholy moods as the snow outside whirls around in the wind in synchrony to the cyclical ambience coming through my headphones. For his closing, titular track McPhee adds some heartbeat-echoing kick drum to the atmosphere; awash with oceans of reverb, the guitar licks provide for a galaxy-load of calm reflection and an infinite amount of meditative possibilities. Very, very good.
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