Greg Malcolm

Homesick for Nowhere

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Guitarist Greg Malcolm (not to be confused with the experimental electronic producer behind the group Twine) has created a splendidly haunting album. In a genre where the phrases "original" and "unique" are tired and irresponsibly thrown around, to place Homesick for Nowhere in the same category would be a disservice to not only the listener, but to the fantastically refreshing methodology Malcolm applies to creates the music. Approaching standards and originals from around the world from a different angle, Malcolm leaves no stone unturned in his diversity that ranges from Ornette Coleman and the Beatles to traditional Japanese and klezmer folk tunes. He also relies on extremely sparse musicianship (an acoustic slide guitar with E-Bow, various distorted guitars, and percussion) to convey his message; creating a dense, eerie feeling present from the opening composition to the last. With no overdubs or pre-recorded parts, this extremely intimate approach brings out not only the best of what Malcolm has to offer, but also the worst; an honesty that only makes Homesick that much more charming.

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