Steve Tibbetts’ guitar with Marc Anderson’s percussion, Marcus Wise’s tabla, kalimba, pianolin, Michelle Kinney on cello, steel drum and other percussion instruments, and tapes of found sounds.
Experimental guitar collides with tabla, kalimba, pianolin, cello, steel drum and other percussion instruments, and tapes of “found sounds.” The CD opens with a lush cover of Jimmy Page’s Black Mountain Side, and ever afterwards devotes itself to the vast, mysterious explorations of Tibbetts and percussionist Marc Anderson. The music’s brooding and orchestral, with moments of Eastern intrigue giving way to sudden crescendos, children’s voices, and industrial grunge. Tibbetts’ bold single-string passages pilot twists and turns above slapped and strummed acoustic rhythms, and his quirky detunings and oddball figures provide a cinematic, edge-of-the-seat experience. No timidity or lack of ideas lurking here. –Guitar Player