Released: 01 May, 2019
Lester brings hi-fi entertainment into your living
Chautauqua were touring assemblies of late 19th and early 20th
centuries that brought entertainment and culture to rural America.
Pretty much as Lester Square does with his virtuoso guitar picking
that brings a rock and pop sideshow to anyone who has ears to
listen. Lester is part showman, part guitar shaman and serves as a
conduit for the greats of the past and puts his own twist of
eccentricity and superlative guitar picking. Lester is something of
a guitarists’ guitarist, but his inestimable sense of fun ensures
that any casual pop and rock punter will find something to enjoy on
his latest album of instrumentals.
The opening track, Dancing at Le Joncasse, is an uplifting start
with guitar riffs overlapping with a psyched out sounding fuzz.
It’s a dance beat with plenty going on as the layers build up.
Nautilus builds up the tension. The guitar starts like a radio
tuning in, whilst the keyboards are like bubbles floating to the
surface with a Beatles-esque guitar midway through before it bursts
into a great solo. The song conjures up images of a great hulk of a
submarine, gracefully slipping thru the waters, with wonders
passing by the portholes. Then we are flying through the air with
Out Of LaGuardia with guitars bursting through the stratosphere and
the bass heavy at the end. B.O.L.O. is a dark spy thriller of a
tune that dredges the mean streets where cool men emerge from
shadows with cigarettes in their lips and femme fatales who love
them and kill them. Great stuff.
After the short interlude Prospect Moment, we get the SF
sounding Quatermass, full of effect boxes and tremolos. The title
track, Chautauqua, is the sound of small-town America waking up and
the phases of daily life interpreted in music. It all ends in a
psychedelic barn dance as the day ends. Fortress of Solitude has a
funky 80s sound, whilst Naked City is echoing guitar against a
blunt, flat backbeat. It’s music to follow detectives about the
crime ridden city streets where the lines between the villains and
cops are always a little blurred. It ends with the riff-heavy
Antiphon which features a clashing twin guitar assault on Christian
Chautauqua is a cornucopia of musical delights brought to you by
Lester Square’s six strings that twang like a cross between Link
Wray and a saucy postcard bra strap.
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