Mason Lindahl – Kissing Rosy within the Rain
Tompkins Sq. – 22 January 2021
There’s something concerning the fast decay of plucked nylon guitar strings that provides their sound its personal privateness and intimacy that the fireplace and venom of metal strings can not imitate. It’s additionally this lack of a linger from the notes that create a haunted area between every decide that may be fairly magical and eerily sparse. For Kissing Rosy within the Rain, Mason Lindahl exploits the refined energy of the nylon-strung guitar, together with a number of amps, mics and a touch of results to create a fairly stunning album. That is instrumental guitar music working a really completely different area to the usually muscular compositions of American Primitive fashion choosing and, though there are actually indicators of it right here, even the extra light musings of the Windham Hill crowd. There may be folks guitar present in locations and positively avant-garde music, classically influenced enjoying and improvising strategies, but it surely’s the ratios of those sounds that make Kissing Rosy’s sound distinctive; the music is each finely nuanced and delicately easy.
The title monitor is an instance of the sound at its most romantic and unfiltered, with gentle notes suggesting gentler flamenco enjoying and the subtlest studio brush stroke including consolation and intimacy to a patiently picked tune. Songs like opener Sky Breaking, Clouds Falling and Deep Want use decrease strings and flurries of choosing to create a much less optimistic power, with the latter using echoing results so as to add depth and loneliness to the piece. Exterior Laughing makes use of a sturdy and superbly performed however ominous melody with reverb results on the guitar to contradict its title and wash us with a way of menace and unease, whereas In Lieu slows issues even additional and focuses on a two chord plucked line, with low organ finishing a cyclical lament.
With albums like Kissing Rosy within the Rain and final 12 months’s Hand Like God, plainly extra music from the improvised and loosely structured tributary of solo guitar music is coming into focus. Performers like Tashi Dorji (whose VDSQ album springs to thoughts every now and then when listening to this one) are gathering extra traction and there appears to be rising time for a extra meditative and candid sound. In his press launch for this album, Josh Rosenthal talks about music that stays ‘in a zone, not caring about variation for variation’s sake.’ Kissing Rosy has this confidence however can be in some ways a really bare sounding album; though there are results heard all through, there may be an intimacy to the file that might be compromised by any extra filling out of the preparations. Each word that Mason performs on right here counts and could be heard; there isn’t any fats or filler, however as a substitute a quiet power and boldness to the music that makes it so efficient. Kissing Rosy within the Rain is implausible – Lindahl has explored the constraints and limits of instrumental guitar music and created one thing contemporary and very important.
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