MINOR 7th REVIEW
For some, the guitar road leads from the solitary to the ensemble. For Michael Mucklow, years of playing, learning, and developing as a musician with other players led him to exploring the instrument on his own terms. With the release of “The View From Here”, his second solo project, Mucklow plays songs that require the listener to stop and take in each note, each phrase, each idea. You can tell that these songs come from some place deep within, extending who Mucklow is and presenting it to us as a sort of offering we gladly accept. All of the songs are aided by a generous dose of reverb, which gives Mucklow a richer, fuller sound. The playing is neither flashy nor overdone, but sometimes almost bare in its approach, and for these songs, it works well. There are 11 tracks in all. “Phosphor” builds from a simple fingerpicked melody line to a rhythmic dance accompanied by a percussion track. “Mysterium” is a dark, haunting piece which wafts over the listener, drawing you into its slow movement. The early sky seeps into view on “Color of the Morning”. “The View From Here” ends with the happy “Convertible”, leaving you with a light, refreshed feeling. Michael Mucklow gives us a warm, solid offering of solo guitar music on this disc, music you can listen to.
~ © Kirk Albrecht
This is my first full-fledged solo Fingerstyle guitar album. Well, okay, some songs have more than one guitar. 🙂 And the last song, Convertible, has percussion.
The song Balm appeared in episode 5 of the Netflix series Bloodline. That was a treat to hear!
All songs composed by
Copyright Michael Mucklow / ASCAP
Publisher Mucklow Productions / ASCAP
Guitars: Walden G2070, Walden N550CE, Cort Earth 900, Tacoma Thunderhawk BMC6
Mic: Rode NT1-A
Recorder: Roland VS-2000CD