专辑名称：Unlike the Stars
艺 术 家：Vin Downes
音乐类型：New age | 发行公司：Riverwide Records | 发行日期：2014年
Vin Downes has released three albums to date, including his brand new one, Unlike the Stars. His new release, however, takes it to the next level and provided him an opportunity to record with Grammy winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman at his famed Imaginary Roads Studio in Vermont - a facility that has seen some of the finest musicians in the world pass through its doors. And speaking of which, a number of them were special guest accompanists on this recording. Right from the opening track, I could tell that Vin has a well-crafted sense of dynamics, which creates an artful balance between his sometimes-intricate fingerstyle technique and the use of space. I quite liked the chord progressions he used which I found emotionally evocative. A more wistful air is felt on "Dark Blue Wind," a solo piece with a haunting melody. One thing I was aware of in listening to Vin's fretwork is how between creating a bass line on the low E string, and complex finger picking patterns on the other strings, it often sounds like more than one guitar playing. On a track called "Departure," however, there actually is more than one guitar playing - in this case, Will Ackerman himself. Tony Levin, who is well known for his work with Peter Gabriel, adds his bass as well. It's a peaceful pastoral tune highlighted by exquisite interplay and echoes the classic Windham Hill sound that so many know and love. Cellist Eugene Friesen, who is best known as a member of The Paul Winter Consort, accompanies Vin on the album's title track and his sensitive playing is always a welcome addition.
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