Trouble Books & Mark Mcguire on Amazon MusicBoth as Emeralds guitarist and solo, Mark McGuire's instrumentals recall the exploratory spirit of early kosmische synth music, while establishing a distinct identity of their own. He talks to Rory Gibb about the development of his technique, writing music and "the psychedelic nature of all existence". Both as solo performer and as guitarist for cosmic synth explorers Emeralds, Mark McGuire has developed an immediately recognisable compositional style. His pieces are constructed in a loosely layered fashion that lends them a beguiling sense of fluidity — the beautiful 'Brain Storm For Erin ', for instance, from last year's Living With Yourself full-length, appears as constant flux, never remaining still for long enough to solidify properly. Above restless seas of sustained guitar and synth, a series of tiny, looped figures flicker in and out of one another, sending ripples skating across the music's surface like the patter of rainfall.
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The former member of droney Cleveland trio Emeralds used a four-track along with his loop pedals for 's Losing Sleep, which combined synthesizer and television samples with layers of delayed guitar arpeggios. That said, McGuire considers the release of Living with Yourself in on Editions Mego to be his first proper album release. The year saw the first solo work from McGuire since the disbandment of Emeralds with the lushly expanded instrumentation of Along the Way. He followed up in the fall of that same year with an EP entitled Noctilucence. His album, Beyond Belief, was previewed by two singles: "Earth: " ran over ten minutes long while the second, "Sons of the Serpent," clocked in at a more modest four and a half minutes.
For a guy who trades in dizzy soundscapes and bucolic neo-new age meditations, Mark McGuire is a fairly intense shredder. On stage with his band, Emeralds, he rocks out like Eddie Van Halen, even though the sound coming from the speakers could blend into your yoga teacher's chill-out mixtape. For his solo guitar work, McGuire dials down the bombast, jamming out on simple chord progressions funneled through a bevy of effects pedals. I'd wager even Mark McGuire's mama can't keep up with the Emeralds' guitarist. Outside the collective endeavors of the Cleveland experimental trio with whom he made his name, McGuire's issued countless albums of serene, sun-dizzy guitar explorations on limited edition CD-Rs and cassettes on labels like Wagon, High Spirits, and eMego over the past four years. Mark McGuire makes absolutely gorgeous music.