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Mark Hamn - Je Dèchire L’ongle Aux Criminels [Afe Records/Bar La Muerte - 0000]

Je Dèchire L’ongle Aux Criminels is an innovative, atmospheric and cinematic mix of melodic guitar craft, laptop manipulation, sound objects and field recordings. Falling somewhere between  sound unfolds.

Each of the four tracks are fashioned masterfully with the own identity and vibe, Hamn aptly mixing his accomplished and  mainly  electric melodic guitar with a myriad of field recordings and sound textures to  build up a very rich and detailed audio canvas- that never loser either it’s atmospheric edge or becomes too swamped in aimless audio debris. He utilizes voices, nature sounds, static and all manner of sound, along with more harmonic elements like jazzy   textural  swoons like on the beginning  and end of track two, rich piano sentiments or electronic textural drones.  But the real star here is his guitar playing which goes from been a warming and tuneful, to rich & sentimental, to making walls of feedback- mixing in touches of folk, the blues and memorable walls of softer rock  harmonics.

A wonderful accomplished, rich and varied album of guitar craft and atmospheric sound painting. Surely of interest to those who enjoy their ambient and instrumental music richly detailed painted and sculptured- It’s such a crying same that this is own ltd to  such a  low number of 150 copies, so act quick and go here for track samples, buy direct etc…

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Roger Batty
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