Jorge Castro

Sin Titulo #2

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Sin Titulo #2 is a one-track album, 44 minutes long. Jorge Castro multiplies ethereal guitars through multi-tracked delays and electronic processing. The guitar notes shimmer and their decaying overtones blur into the background. Layers add to layers in an accretional process that never reaches over-saturation -- this is well-controlled ambient music. The textures change slowly, softly, creating more of an atmosphere than a dynamic composition. Robert Fripp's soundscapes and Richard Pinhas' '90s improvisations meet the shoegazer guitar playing of Loren Mazzacane Connors. As the piece progresses, things veer to a more experimental domain, although very gently, taking the listener by the hand. The music becomes more warped (whammy bar effects?), more processed, and also denser and just a bit disquieting. This last section also sees the appearance of a short repeated theme that evokes a section of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. If the reference can sound unusual, it fits the mood perfectly. Sin Titulo #2 may not be an original affair, but Castro clearly has full control over his art. He knows what he is doing and he does it beautifully.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 44:14
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