Roland Buhlmann - Crucial

Published Sunday 25th August 2019
Roland Buhlmann - Crucial
Roland Buhlmann - Crucial

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175853-28416
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

The third album from Swiss guitarist/composer Roland Buhlmann is yet another feast of experimental music that pushes artistic boundaries in every direction. Containing eight lengthy pieces, this instrumental album sees Buhlmann create an expansive soundscape that encompasses elements of prog rock, ambient music, modal jazz and avant garde to great effect whilst ensuring that everything centres on his fuzzed-up lead guitar playing which, like previous releases, is delightfully freeform - or noodling, depending upon whether or not this sort of thing is your bag. In addition, Buhlmann's bass work forms the bedrock of much that goes on with the likes of the opener "Kaiilen" and the epic "Arabon" both meandering from and returning to various ostinato themes to provide some certainty on this wonderfully chaotic and unpredictable offering. Just a look at the list of "instruments" employed by Buhlmann showcases the man's desire and ability to think out of the box with would-be percussion items such as branches, knives, leaves, wrenches and oil tanks all nestling next to lesser known tuned instruments like hanotteres and guitaleles to create a highly original, artistically challenging and ultimately mind-expanding piece of work.

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