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ROB NOYES ‘Arc Minutes’

Mar 21, 2021 | Acoustic, Reviews

Guitar tracks which ebb and flow with commanding possibilities

An album performed solely on any instrument can be a challenge for musician and listener. The most avid guitar fan can buckle during a classic from Cotton, Fahey or Kottke. Noyes style draws from the same wellspring as these players did, but the newly Tokyo based guitarist, has carved fresh pathways.

Moving away from the reliance and exacting metre of the alternating thumb, Noyes has worked on a freer polyrhythmic approach to his playing. Throwing off the shackles suits him with pastoral textures emerging from the new right hand attack. This allows Arc Minutes to ebb and flow with commanding possibilities.

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