Lately I’ve started composing on the acoustic guitar after a long hiatus.
I’m trying out some new directions and trying to go to the places where I feel most uncomfortable, in order to break mental patterns, fingering patterns and tuning patterns.
And so it’s a good time to search for new inspiration to open my mind and heart.
And just in time, a new release by the wonderful Canary Records, was released.
Funeral Dance in the Mountains: Rural Percussion (& Vocal) Ethnographic Recordings from Southeast Asia, like the name hints, is a collection of rhythms, sounds and documentation of ceremonies and celebrations from that region.
The musicians’ names are unknown, only their location is, and there’s something very charming about that.
As if for this collection of triablish music, the people themselves are just the vessel to pass the music through, and the music itself, the gathering, the celebration, is what counts.
It’s $4 on Bandcamp, don’t miss it, it’s just the inspiration that I needed, and who knows, it may take you to the mind travel that it took me.
Every now and then I try to give another shot to records that I gave up on, I try to keep it positive and time and after time find out what’s that little thing that may show up and turn me on.
Such record is Alex De Grassi ‘Southern Exposure‘ whom I had for many years but always felt careless about it for being too softy. That Winhdam Hill sound, isn’t always easy to me. It often sound too ‘right’, no rough edges, no wrinklers, no scars.
But I fell in love with that record, and it was ’36′, the third track from this album, that really opened my ears.
Alex’s playing is gentle yet very confident. He produces rich sound out of a solo instrument and the compositions are recalls elements from Bright Size Life and Pierre Bensusan while you can hear a certain ‘Takoma’ background there in the back.
Very imaginary and beautiful. Highly recommended for guitar music fans.