Alexander Turnquist - Like Sunburned Snowflakes [12'']

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The limited-edition Like Sunburned Snowflakes features five tracks in Alexander Turnquist's unique style, using only plucked harmonics on a 12-string. With this seemingly narrow palate of sounds, the guitarist crafts sparkling waves of notes, employing the minimalist sensibilities that have informed his more recent work (e.g. his 2011 album Hallway of Mirrors) on a smaller scale. Arguably ''new age,'' the EP is not drifty or ambient - it's more Reich and Riley than Windham Hill. The harmonics are frequently struck hard and in complex patterns. Like Sunburned Snowflakes is another intriguing experiment from one of the most forward thinking solo players out there, whose recordings are completely devoid of the folk / Americana spirit so imbued in the genre. ''My fascination with harmonics on an acoustic guitar started as a child; from before I ever started playing I was drawn towards the warm sounds that I heard people play in brief moments. So I've had the idea for a very long time, that idea being to make an entire solo guitar recording just employing my left hand to the harmonics up and down the neck and alternating picking patterns with the right. I feel like it gives the instrument a tonal color that doesn't necessarily feel at first listen like a 12-string acoustic guitar. - Alexander Turnquist.

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