Guppy

by Benjamin Shaw

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Guppyは、Benjamin Shawによる5作目のアルバムです。カナダで生まれ、現在はロンドン在住のベンジャミンですが、彼の音楽には、青少年期を過ごしたイギリス北部(ブラックプール)のルーツが色濃く表れています。
 
これまで、”シンガーソングライター嫌いのシンガーソングライター”と言われてきましたが、今回のGuppyは、インストルメンタル色が強い作品となっています。

フィードバックノイズの中で囁かれるメッセージ(I don’t know what I should do with all this great potential, I’ll probably piss it up the wall and claim artistic intention)で始まり、そこからは、歌詞に代わり、何層にもなったドローン、フィールドレコーディング音、そして時たま現れるメロディーへと繋がっていきます。
 
レコーディング、ミキシング、マスタリングと、全ての過程をベンジャミン独自で行ったこの作品は、”miserablist”(悲観者)ベンジャミンの、孤独感が溢れつつも美しい作品です。


Guppy is the fifth album by Canadian born, Blackpool raised, and London beaten Benjamin Shaw.

Previously tagged as the singer/songwriter who hates singer/songwriters (expressed sharply on ‘There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet’ and ‘Goodbye, Cagoule World’ released on London label Audio Antihero), Guppy follows a different path, much more in the vein of his two largely instrumental albums ‘Rumfucker’ and ‘Summer in the Box Room’.

Opening through a fog of feedback with the line “I don’t know what I should do with all this great potential, I’ll probably piss it up the wall and claim artistic intention”, Guppy then eschews the whole singing thing for waves of many-coloured drone, field recorded texture, and sun-struggling-to-break-through-heavy-cloud burnished flakes of melody, which only properly uncover themselves through close listening.

Self-recorded, self-mixed and self-mastered, it is very much a solo project from this bedroom miserablist Vangelis, but one with a panoramic scope and, occasionally, some useful life advice.

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released July 13, 2015

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