Music Reviews

Artist: Tetuzi Akiyama & Anla Courtis (@)
Title: Naranja Songs
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Tetuzi Akiyama is a Japanese guitarist and Anla Courtis is an Argentinean musician and co-founder of experimental outfit Reynols. I was unfamiliar with Akiyama, but somewhat familiar with Reynols. If you're wondering, this is a far cry from 10,000 Chicken Symphony. I've reviewed enough albums by duos to not underestimate what can be accomplished with only two musicians and guitars. However, in this case, I found myself wanting more. I've listened to the album several times now to see if I was missing something, but still found it to be a bit too minimal. We begin with 'Mind Mochileros,' which is a peaceful - if sparse - guitar duet that only seemed to get interesting halfway through. I found it to be a bit on the dull side, but then again maybe I'm just jaded. We shift gears with 'Springs & Strings,' which tries to push the envelope a bit with some feedback, distortion, and non-traditional playing on guitar. 'The Cítrico Vibe' combines these approaches to some extent but still gets a bit repetitive. 'Los Frets Nómades' finally shows us what they are capable of about halfway through as they lay down a droning, grinding segment to finish off the song. If the whole album would have been like this, I would have definitely been on board. If you like sparse guitar improvisation, this may be up your alley. This album weighs in at around 39 minutes.

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