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VITOR RUA & the Metaphysical Angels Do Androids Dream of Electric Guitars? (dbl CD)
A genuinely original guitarist and composer, Vitor is still curiously little celebrated outside his native Portugal. Hopefully this record will change that. Itís a remarkable release for a number of reasons Ė firstly, CD1, really does have something new to say about the solo guitar, though it hardly sounds sometimes as if thatís what youíre hearing. The sonic and stylistic range is broad, and Vitor draws in bold, rapid strokes, indicating that he has no temper to be mean with his ideas. Or to make glossy music; his roots are in the roots of rock but he casually re-centres or shifts between languages; you can try to follow or just let it work as it will. CD2, fascinatingly, features the (exact) same music again, only this time orchestrated with additional bass, drums, piano, clarinets and trumpet; itís interesting technically, itís interesting structurally and itís interesting musically Ė itís also an invaluable teaching aid. And it plays merry hell with sequential time, intentionality and semantic function. A fascinating project and richly rewarding.