Michael La Guardia | Swim through the blue sky

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Swim through the blue sky

by Michael La Guardia

Intimate, enveloping explorations of tone and texture; exotic instruments such as harp, dulcimer, Japanese koto and Irish whistle; driving hand percussion laced rhythms, and well crafted pop tunes - La Guardia's music never fails to please or intrigue.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Indifferent Angel
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2. Invention #3
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3. Invention #1
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4. Adrift
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5. Invention #2
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6. All the Broken Pieces
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7. Lullaby For K
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8. Almost Mine
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9. Star 911
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10. Dulcimer
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11. Adrift (remix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I play what I like to hear, and I try to do it with as many instruments as I can get my hands on. I love the textures of sound, and especially the characters of individual instruments. On this album you will hear the results of my explorations and experiments.

The album is split 7 / 4 between instrumentals and songs with lyrics, though on the later, I tend to use voice as just another instrument in the mix. Many of these tunes are of a more contemplative nature, soundscapes that evoke mood without (hopefully) devolving into the trite. Sometimes events call for a harsher view of the world, though....


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Melissa Baldwin

The rare album that combines a world music timbral palette with a songwriter's s
Swim Through... is the rare album that combines a world music timbral palette with a songwriter's sensibility. Michael's music is immediately accessible thanks to catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics (check out the first track for an example of both) but with a depth that only reveals itself with time (I can't even figure out the time signature of "Angel", but it wasn't until the third listen that I realized something was unusual - kind of like Peter Gabriel's "Solisbury Hill").

By far my favorite track is 911, an incredibly subtle and stirring instrumental minor key transcription of the National Anthem that juxtaposes a heartbreaking sadness with a powerful and unrelenting backbeat- a perfect sonic encapsulation of our country in the wake of last fall's catastrophe.