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David Vassalotti - Guitar Dream

David Vassalotti - Guitar Dream

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Although perhaps best known as lead guitarist for 4AD’s Merchandise, on his third solo LP, Guitar Dream, David Vassaloti’s abilities as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist are finally given an opportunity to shine, thanks in no small part to the production and engineering talents of co-conspirator and Merchandise frontman Carson Cox. A quasi-breakup album voiced through a protean pastiche of dejected characters, Guitar Dream finds Vassalotti at his most up-front and confessional. While 2015’s genre-spaning Broken Rope was interspersed with loops, samples and sound-collages, Guitar Dream features more straightforward songwriting that is reminiscent of Merchandise’s melancholic post-punk balladry, albeit with an added dose of gravitas.

Fractured glam, keyboard trumpets and, yes, the occasional guitar solo prop up Vassalotti’s dynamic yet unpolished vocals, which are ghostified by blankets of delay and reverb. While the beautifully sad guitar line on opening track “This Extravagant Lie” sets the tone for the album in just four bars, outliers like “Let It Burn” shift to a minor key and themes of destruction, before closer “What Shall You Say Tonight,” with its oscillating synths and a punctuating yelp, wakes us up from the dream on a hopeful note.

1. This Extravagant Lie
2. The Other Light
3. The Light
4. In The Garden
5. Devenir immortel…
6. The Lines Between Us
7. Let It Burn
8. Manifest Destiny
9. Outlines
10. What Shall You Say Tonight

Artist: David Vassalotti
Label: Wharf Cat
Catalogue: WCR082LP
Barcode: 843563106839
Format: CD & LP
Release Date: 25th January 2019

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