Jorge Castro

Guitarras del Olvido y Pensamientos Dimensionales

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Guitarras del Olvido y Pensamientos Dimensionales is a one-piece album clocking in at a minute over a half-hour. Jorge Castro is a guitar soundscape artist from Puerto Rico. Carlos Giffoni is involved in the mad Miami avant-electro outfit Monotract. At first look, they are not compatible. This CDR testifies otherwise. There are no credits as to what instruments are used (and by whom), but listeners can safely assume that Castro plays the long guitar notes accumulated into shifting clouds of ambient sounds, while Giffoni strums shoegazer chords and manipulates electronics. The latter consist mostly of delays and some computer-based processing (vari-speed, occasional glitches). Sadly, recording quality is barely satisfactory -- probably a single ambient stereo microphone. Some sounds enter the picture too loudly and Castro's textures are heard from too far a distance to leave them a chance to wrap around the listener. The musicians show some fine interaction at times, but also moments of blinding clumsiness where effects pedals are hit loudly and the music collapses. Better recording means and fair editing could have turned this album into something more than just a lazy afternoon jam. As it is, Guitarras presents limited interest to the completist. Both guitarists have aimed higher in the past.

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