Auger Down Rec. Marco Panella : Eastern Landscapes (US,2010)***'
Marco's Panella's release is a strange kind of album, in tonalities and with its stretched conceptual nature it sounds a bit unusual and different, with a dense atmosphere. Under a cloud a lighter acid acoustic element is omnipresent. The voice and singing reminds me a bit of Alexis Gideon, which I just reviewed a few weeks before, with more coincidental musical reminiscences. The singing is with a very down voice but at the same time with singing melody, so more melodic than Syd Barrett, and more story like. Accompanying is a completely adapted percussive textures. Dominating are the two layers of guitar (Telecaster and acoustic guitar) like mountains of a landscape expressed and visualised by the guitar, with open structures of pickings, track after track. A surprise is that the last track is sung by a female voice, uplifting in atmosphere a bit, with a slight poetic effect. Odd. A bit over 30 minutes.