Justin Ber­nasconi

Win­ter Pick Fuse Group

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There’s some­thing ap­peal­ing when mu­sic is stripped back to its barest es­sen­tials, and par­tic­u­larly when it’s as well ex­e­cuted as this. Bri­tish-born Justin is a tal­ented singer, song­writer and acous­tic gui­tarist who now re­sides in Aus­tralia. Win­ter Pick shows an hon­est and per­sonal ap­proach to his songs, all ex­pertly recorded and pro­duced by Jeff Lang in Mel­bourne. The al­bum of­fers a good mix­ture of in­stru­men­tals and vo­cals and oc­ca­sion­ally calls on ad­di­tional play­ers. We par­tic­u­larly like Bernie’s Break­down which in­volves Ben Franz on dou­ble bass, Jeff Lang on har­mo­nium, and ex­cel­lent Do­bro and man­dolin work from Pete Fi­dler. Good va­ri­ety of styles here, too: there’s great slide work from Justin on Gate­keeper while the coun­try-flavoured Ram’s Eye is up­tempo and brings a smile to the face. The songs are great, but it’s the in­stru­men­tals that al­low Justin to shine; his style oozes at­mos­phere; just check out Sirmione, which shows just what a tasty player he is. The sleeve notes in­clude ex­pla­na­tions be­hind some of the songs, help­ing you to fo­cus on the ‘mes­sage’ within the lyrics. All in all, a re­ally lovely al­bum.

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