Sunday, 15 March 2009
Fred Frith - Guitar Solos
Taken from Wikipedia.
Fred Frith is an English multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor.
Probably best-known for his guitar work, Frith first came to attention as one of the founding members of the English avant-garde rock group Henry Cow. Frith was also a member of Art Bears, Massacre and Skeleton Crew. He has collaborated with a number of prominent musicians, including Robert Wyatt, Brian Eno, Lars Hollmer, The Residents, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Derek Bailey, Iva Bittová and Bob Ostertag. He has also composed several long works, including Traffic Continues (1996, performed 1998 by Frith and Ensemble Modern) and Freedom in Fragments (1993, performed 1999 by Rova Saxophone Quartet).
Guitar Solos - Friths first studio album in 1971, the album in the download provided is the 1991 reindorsement.
A welcoming intro of out-of-tune guitars, followed by very surreal sounds is just a taster of the rest of the album, and a very convincing and encouraging one at that. The majority of the album has the sound of some sort of string instrument as a background sound and gives a very mellow atmosphere throughout, which I found myself increasingly interested and amazed by. Distortion combined with teetering between tempos, sometimes with synphonics adding a dismal undertone, added a sure warrent of obscurity and uniqueness and I fully enjoyed listening to this album, and urge fans of experimental and avant-garde to download and experience for themselves.
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