Neil Haverstick: 34 Fjord
Neil Haverstick (34-tone electric and acoustic guitars, 19-tone electric guitar and bass, slide guitar)
Stick Man: Electric Music for 19 and 34 Tone Guitars
Neil Haverstick (34-tone electric and acoustic guitars, 19-tone electric guitar and bass, slide guitar),
Ernie Crews (drums, percussion).
Composed by Neil Haverstick.
Recorded: Denver, Colorado
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Many years ago, after my first exposure to microtonal guitar music (thanks to Easley Blackwood), the words would just not come. What did that stuff sound like? The closest approximation was this: the aural equivalent of how light is distorted when looking through an aquarium at certain angles. On "34 Fjord," we have Neil Haverstick (aka The Stick Man) dropping ghostly arpeggios, passages, chords, chards, chunks, and bits here and there. The guitar sounds ring out into the distance on a bed of infinite reverb. Below this the bass swings at a maddening pace while the drums fixate on many ride-pattern variations and rhythmic exclamation points. Just when we're thinking that this is some sort of ambient music on speed, Haverstick blows the mood wide open with a blistering and distorted solo – after which the spooky mood of the composition's beginning is revisited. Very thought-provoking stuff.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski