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on 24 June 2011
With his knack for blending acoustic guitar signatures with magical synths, that are conducted with the keenest sleight of hand, not deceptively so, but more like an illusion of blissed misdirection, contrasting and melding textures and harmonic qualities to create unpredictable crux points that'll leave you beaming inside. Mark McGuire's solo album for Editions Mego is heart melting and emotional. At 24 he has produced a body of work to be admired and he also has the knack of a good quality control, so that he tends to put out essential rather than "filler" material, for the sake of it. Two Different People, Cobwebs and Brothers (For Matt) are wonderful. Full of ituative guitar work, echoing Michael Rother, this is an album that delivers. Have a look at Emeralds other albums, as well as the band's solo albums. They are chock full of ideas and make you realise that it is not all about following formula/marketing. It can be about very creative and fulfilling musicians/artists. Step forward Fennesz, Oren Ambarchi, Lawrence English, Mika Vainio, Sylvain Chauvau, Oneohtrix Point Never, Alva Noto, Touch Records, Room40, Editions Mego, Samadhisound......the list goes on. I'm glad to say.