New for January - Nick Robinson "Lost Garden"
Nick is a guitarist with a long history, most of it not troubling the charts. From the youthful pop of Polydor’s “Typhoon Saturday” through the anarchy of Dig Vis Drill, as well as working with the Comsat Angels, Neil Ardley and many, many more. He has developed an individual musical voice based around the looping and processing of a guitar.
The music evokes many different moods and is both beautiful and challenging in equal measures, like theme music for films that have never been made. Every sound you hear is created by the guitar, other than a live loop of the bells of Cologne (if you listen carefully) recorded in the field.
Some tracks incorporate elements of live improvisations, augmented by studio overdubs, others were composed in the studio. Whilst you may hear influences, Nick’s performances are very much his own vision. He feels that at long last, he has found his voice.
Nick is also one third of fellow Discus Music outfit “Das Rad” (along with Martin Archer and Steve Dinsdale) and in his day job, an origami artist with over 100 books to his name. He has taught and lectured all around the globe. He is president of the British Origami Society! He feels there are many parallels between music and paper-folding and will explain this at length if asked.
Nick Robinson - guitars, loops, electronics
Steve Hackett (Genesis)
Interesting with some excellent playing and innovative atmosphere. I wish you luck with the project.
Adrian Belew (King Crimson)
I liked it very much. All the best in this crazy world we now have...
Paul McMahon (Haze)
By turns Ambient, Aggressive, Ethereal, Discordant, Thoughtful and Melodic, it's stunning that all of this music was made on the guitar. A fabulous piece of work!
Michael Peters (looping guitarist)
I like it, great guitar textures, a healthy dose of chaos and of course, lyrical passages...
Zal Cleminson (SAHB)
Beautifully atmospheric and creative guitar work.
Bernhard Wagner (Sonar / David Torn )
Tasteful superimposition of down-to-earth electric guitar sounds and noises with otherworldly swirls and shrieks evoking birdlike creatures from aeons gone or lightyears ahead. All this embedded into reverberating spaces of varying sizes, often within the same track. Like a good book, only multiple listens will even start to reveal what has been put into this deep album.
This is stunning, I love the twisted nature of the album and yet everything seems so considered, the format has been distorted and the guitar takes more the form of a spectre to translate an otherworldly sound. The use of pedals / effects is really tasteful, never choosing to get away with anything, it has rough edges and leaves a lot of room which gives the music so much life.