Metal Dog is the stunning new release from guitarist Andy Summers. An all instrumental album replete with razor edge guitar that pushes to the outer edges of generic description. Kicking off with the title track which opens with a compulsive metallic figure that insinuates itself immediately, the track bursts into almost an indie rock chorus in it's B section to be followed by a quirky fuzzed out guitar solo that rises and rises -until it merges back into the song like choruses that take us out.
Tracks in the middle of the CD Qualia and How Long is Now are loaded with freaky almost Balinese textures. These compositions - exotic as they are - retain a sunny mood, rather than the darkness that is associated with so much loop style music. This feeling is carried further by Summers in the following track Harmonograph which opens with a guitar solo that pierces the honeyed texture like an arrow eventually falling into a wild blanket of harmonic distortion for a release that is like bathing in warm waters. Ishango Bone the fourth track on the CD presents a seemingly simple guitar figure that snakes along in what might seem to be a dark and primitive landscape, but then falls into what might be a radiant valley indicated by the soaring guitar and then - as if night falls - returns to the primal source from which it emerged.
There are many other track on Metal Dog that highlight Summers innate guitar skill but more importantly these tracks illustrate the use of the instrument to achieve a modern guitar music that is fresh and challenging and a style that pushes past the standard ideas of genre. At turns lyrical, dark and cinematic the result is one of intrigue and ultimate reward.
How Long Is Now?
Oceans of Enceladus
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Release date : july 14th
All instruments played by Andy Summers
All music composed by Andy Summers
Recorded and Mixed by Dennis Smith
July – August 2014 | March – April 2015
Recorded at Mother Divine Studios – Venice, CA
Design by Andrew Behla
Photography by Andy Summers
A Flickering Shadow Productions
REVE DEUX MUSIC, BMI
ADMINISTERED BY MODERN WORKS MUSIC PUBLISHING
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