Lou Rone: Alone Gulcher GULCH 429
Gulcher have a series called Gulcher DIY – I don’t know how they work it – email them to find out if you want to get released on a world class label – but I have to say the quality is just remarkable.
This one comes in probably the most uninteresting-looking packaging I’ve seen for many a long year, but the contents are absolutely exquisite!
Lou Rone is a guitarist par excellence. You know how Hendrix, and to some extent Prince, could make their instruments sound as if they were being made love to and sing out an ecstatic response? Well, that’s the impression I got from ‘Transistor,’ the opening track on this album. Throughout the record Lou’s guitar alternately sings, talks and wails according to the prevailing mood of each particular composition.
The main thing for me however is this is a real rarity nowadays in the rock guitar world – it’s a proper instrumental record, with every track sounding quite distinct while cohering into a well-crafted concept album. I’m not sure whether Lou plays all the instruments featured himself, because there’s no information on the subject in the sleeve-notes, but I suspect this to be the case. If true, then he’s pretty handy in all departments as the backing tracks are tight and startlingly well arranged.
If you can lay your mitts on a copy of this album, then do so pronto. You’ll be glad you did!