Unhip Rec. Egle Sommacal : Legno (I,2007)****
Italian composer Egle Sommacal has participated since 2001 with movie scores, but his main interest is contemporary “primitive” guitar, in the tradition of John Fahey. He himself is an autodidacti guitarist but he explores and continues this melodic tradition well, on tracks like “Gli Avamposti Sono Minati”, a track which also made it to a video*. Often, a well developped autodidact vision keeps an attention to sound exploration very alive. “Lo spirito Dietro Al Palo” has nice rhythmically sliding sounds in the composition. Also strong is a professional indepency in sound which keeps compositions at least far enough away from any too obvious chords and melodic fundaments ; the composer constantely and freshly explores and creates moodily, also in the few more simple and bluesier tracks.
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*This video shows a great piece of guitar which is played in a room while things are fallen and thrown from above onto the ground, providing a colourful environment for the solo performance.