Pedro Chambel


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Anamnesis is Pedro Chambel's first solo album. A Portuguese guitarist unknown outside of his home country, Chambel comes forth with an artistic proposition that parallels those of Keith Rowe, Martin Siewert, and the like. His music relies on silence, the electrical drone of a "naked" amplifier, and the use of unusual guitar playing techniques to squeeze delicate noise textures out of the instrument. Severely reductionist in its means, this music requires from the listener a leap of faith: Ignore your first impressions of sonic poverty and stillness and just listen as Chambel unfolds the mysteries he has encountered. The guitar as an instrument doesn't hold any importance anymore -- these crackles, drones, and indescribable noises could have a number of origins. That is particularly true of "Anamnesis IV," where what sounds like basic white noise is sampled and processed in real time. On the other hand, "Anamnesis I" starts with a few distinguishable guitar notes, all very quiet and moving into even quieter realms. Whether the music works for you or not depends mostly on your state of mind. Granted, Chambel doesn't make it easy for the listener, and truth be told his music lacks a bit of soul (even when compared to Rowe, Burkhard Stangl, or even Taku Sugimoto). Nevertheless, Anamnesis makes for an intriguing listen that electro-acoustic improv enthusiasts will want to check out.

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