From Spain is Lucho Ripley. Sit back and relax as Lucho's intricately layered guitar washed over you. His melodic soundscapes are varied and lush, packed with thoughtful chord progressions and gorgeous reverb tails. For us, his music inspires visions of vast landscapes, and we're consistently in awe as his songs evolve, gaining more and more layers and complexity.
There is wonderful purity and profound serenity to Lucho’s sound and Megablast preserves the integrity of this style throughout. The tone is exquisite and the layers build gently with deceptively sublime complexity. Among the highlights here are the combination of melodicism and atmosphere in ‘En el principio fue el reverb’, the delightful contrapuntal patterns of ‘Ojos que son Lagos’ and ‘Las mujeres de Fresas Salvajes’, and the graceful tranquility of ‘Amberes (a vista de V2)’.
Though I could go on, I believe that Megablast is an album that would suffer from too much dissection. There is certainly enough craft and complexity to be able to do that, but it works so much better to just enjoy its simple pleasures, to just get lost in it, like enjoying a languid drift over calm and safe open water. There is lots and lots of replay value in this one and I recommend it highly.
released 20 April 2014
All tracks written, recorded and produced by Lucho Ripley
Mastered By Aaron Hansen
Cover by John Singer Sargent