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Cline, Nels: Coward (Cryptogramophone)

An album of solo overdubs from guitarist Nels Cline, gorgeous melodic, technical and textural work showing an introspective and gorgeous aspect to his compositions and improvisations.

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product information:

UPC: 671860014126

Label: Cryptogramophone
Catalog ID: CG141
Squidco Product Code: 11294

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded by Mark Wheaton at Catasonic Los Angeles, CA 4/13/08 to 4/18/08. Mixed by Mark Wheaton and Nels Cline at Catasonic 5/20/08 to 5/22/08.


Nels Cline-acoustic + electric guitars, effects, shruti boxes, autoharp/zither things, Megamouth, Quintronics Drum Buddy, Kaossilator

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track listing:

1. Epiphyllum 4:21

2. Prayer Wheel 5:01

3. Thurston County 7:04

4. The Androgyne 3:11

5. Rod Poole's Gradual Ascent To Heaven 18:42

6. The Divine Homegirl 4:25

7. X Change(s) 4:21

8. The Nomad's Home 3:44

9. Onan Suite - Amniotica 2:49

10. Onan Suite - Lord & Lady 5:00

11. Onan Suite - Dreams in the Mirror 1:38

12. Onan Suite - Interruption 1:52

13. Onan Suite - Seedcaster 3:12

14. Onan Suite - The Liberator 3:21

15. Cymbidium 3:51

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"In Coward, guitarist Nels Cline offers a beast of a different set of colors, presenting an album of solo overdubs with an extraordinarily broad stylistic palette and a decidedly acoustic bent, to form a whole whose daring never eclipses form. For nearly 25 years the Wilco guitarist that Rolling Stone recently dubbed a "Guitar God" has been contemplating a solo-overdub project, and as a result several of the offerings on Coward are older compositions. The album buzzes and pulses with tension but relatively few moments involve anything approaching high volume, and these soon fade back to the luminously introspective orchestrations so abundant throughout. "Coward" blends improvisation and composition on a huge and constantly changing timbral palette, and Cline pushes the boundaries of his work even further."-Cryptogramophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Nels Courtney Cline (born January 4, 1956 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist and composer. He has been the guitarist for the band Wilco since 2004.

He first came to prominence in the 1980s playing jazz, often in collaboration with his twin brother Alex Cline, a drummer. Since then, he has worked with a wide range of musicians in punk and alternative rock, notably Mike Watt and Thurston Moore. He also leads the groups the Nels Cline Singers and Nels Cline Trio.

Cline was named the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2011."

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