Alastair Galbraith


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On his record Cry, Dunedin, New Zealand, musician Alastair Galbraith presents sound landscapes that conjure up images of the musical roads taken by the Tren Brothers. It seems as if Galbraith veered to the left of the fork in the road. Cry was recorded completely on a four-track, which adds to the effect of the record. All of the songs sound crisp, with outside tape or environmental noise adding to the texture of the instruments, seemingly placed by Galbraith himself. The instrumental songs are haunting melodies created by drones of instruments and noise, including backwards tapes, guitars, and violins. Few songs have spoken word, presumably by Galbraith himself, with obscure lyrics that remind you of whispering in your ear or talking while you are sleeping. "Charmed" is exactly titled, a short tune that highlights wonderful guitar picking. "One Method" brings to mind a late-'70s/early-'80s new wave tune, something by Devo or Kraftwerk, with straight beats and talking, almost a rap. Cry is mystical and meditative. This is a soundtrack to other lands that you visit in your dreams. Alastair Galbraith tells epic tales of the everyman in short tunes using his tools, drones, and language.

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