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Posted: 26-Jun-2013, 06:18 AM
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Terra Guitarra. Their name says it all. This group is all about earthy sounds played on acoustic guitars. Their new album is titled Dragonfly. Dragonflies are fascinating creatures that have been used in art and literature all over the world for many centuries. In Japan,
dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness. But you may not know dragonflies have two pairs of strong transparent wings, have six legs but cannot walk well, are among the fastest flying insects in the world, have 5,680 known species, spend most of their life as larvae nymph living underwater (between two months and five years depending on the species), and as an adult (which lasts one-to-six-months) it can propel itself in six directions. And what does this have to do with the music? Nothing, particularly, except that the group lives near the Mississippi River and probably sees dragonflies regularly, and since the band says they are inspired by nature and they named their album Dragonfly, we can induce that this little creature must have influenced the creation of this CD. In their bio the band says that the dragonfly “symbolizes our lifestyle because we are always flitting from place to place to perform concerts. As the dragonfly’s iridescent wings reflect the light, our intention is for our music to do the same.”

Now to the acoustic guitar part of Terra Guitarra. Most of their music features two acoustic guitars. The style is the popular Latin-flavored nuevo-flamenco sound with a nice combination of strumming (mostly by Julie Patchouli) with lead-lines picked over the top (by Bruce Hecksel) which spotlights captivating melodies. There is a little bass, keyboards and percussion mixed in to the overall sound. The music has a great spark, a feeling of freedom and a toe-tapping propulsiveness. Most of the tunes are uptempo, but there are a few ballads mixed in. Hecksel sometimes plays the solos at a high-speed (like walking a high-up tight-rope through a swarm of mosquitoes), but occasionally slows down the picking into the realm of soulful, bluesy Latin motifs. He also paints some weirdly psychedelic paintings (on the cover and inside the booklet) that are oddly mesmerizing.

Terra Guitarra creates great Spanish-style acoustic guitar music.

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