Site Meter

LSD, Not Steroids, For This Mark McGuire

Mark McGuire‘s new album, Guitar Meditations Vol. II, is two minutes shy of a hundred and twenty minutes of stunningly beautiful electric guitar music. Maybe it if was his first release in a year or two, Guitar Meditations… might seem like an event, but with at least five or six solo records released in the past three years, it just seems like more of a good thing.

With at least two songs clocking in at around thirty minutes, you might think Guitar Meditations… would get boring, but it never does. “Beneath The Bells” shimmers and bubbles like early Tangerine Dream, while  “Wandering Memory” finds McGuire picking folksy melodic lines over a bed of synths for the first thirteen minutes, then switching to 80s prog-pop palm mute riffs for a bit, before ending with the kind of beautiful, easygoing jangly riffs people only seem love when some dude is mumble-singing over them. “Postcard,” which I’m attaching for download, wonderfully confuses the “overproduced” guitar sound of 80’s soft-rock power ballads with the trebly guitar lines of Yo La Tengo or  The Clean.

Mark McGuire and Emeralds have put out some of the best ambient and drone records of the past ten years, records that belong beside classics like Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works II, Fenessz’s Endless Summer, and The Stars of the Lids’ The Tired Sounds of the Stars of the Lids. Those searching for the proof behind that statement should look no further than Guitar Meditations II.

Guitar Meditations II can be purchased from Volcanic Tongue and Mimaroglu.

MP3 :::
Mark McGuire – Postcard

  • cac

    Sounds relaxing and up beat. i like the way this sound is pushed around and evens the mind with thoughts and wants to see the colors of light bounce and lift the soul.

  • cac

    Sounds relaxing and up beat. i like the way this sound is pushed around and evens the mind with thoughts and wants to see the colors of light bounce and lift the soul.

  • helperr

    We see athletes as the modern gladiators. We admire them for their strength, skill and dedication. We also admire medicine for it's advancements. What I wouldn't like to admire in an athlete is medicine. Another idea would be to allow all of them to use whatever they want and a freak Olympics. Than anyone who wants a personal upgrade will be able to buy steroids online. I'd get them myself if I knew there are no damaging side effects.

  • sleeprunner

    I really like his stuff, each album has a lot of variety with different guitar styles and tones, I have never heard any albums quite like his. Is it true he takes anabolic steroids to help improve his playing on some of the heavy riff laden pieces?

  • sleeprunner

    I really like his stuff, each album has a lot of variety with different guitar styles and tones, I have never heard any albums quite like his. Is it true he takes anabolic steroids to help improve his playing on some of the heavy riff laden pieces?

  • adawakeman42

    Great article! Thank you!

  • adawakeman42

    Great article! Thank you!

  • http://steroids-effects.com/articles/examples-steroids-effects steroids effects

    Thanks for sharing the information regarding the Mark.. I was not aware with the facts.. I ma glad I visited here and come to know about it..

  • Anonymous

    i doubt he took steroids and lsd.