i! i!

Guitar Techniques - - Music Reviews -

It’s great that we get so many re­leased CDs sent in by our read­ers and bet­ter still when they turn out to be re­ally good and - i! is def­i­nitely a case in point! It’s the brain­child of Rod Brakes and is de­light­fully dif­fi­cult to cat­e­gorise. The al­bum presents a se­ries of sound­scapes with the gui­tar be­ing mor­phed into a whole new world of at­mo­spheric and ap­peal­ing sounds. Rod is ob­vi­ously aware of when some­thing sparks a cre­ative idea; for in­stance About To­mor­row came from odd mo­ments of chan­nel skip­ping on a ra­dio. There’s a Mid­dle East­ern el­e­ment here too that’s both strange and hyp­notic and a very orig­i­nal way of pre­sent­ing mu­sic, for although it re­tains an almost ran­dom el­e­ment it’s ac­tu­ally struc­tured to pro­vide force­ful dy­nam­ics with high and low pas­sages. The two songs This Cold Dis­tance and Watcher Watcher pro­vide another im­por­tant el­e­ment with voices and phrases used to great ef­fect through­out. This is unique and strangely com­pelling and a real treat to the ears. Avail­able as a CD or as a down­load from i69i.band­camp.com

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