David Dellacroce – Quiet Guitar For Loud Parties

David Dellacroce, self-described as a “guitar hobbyist,” invites listeners to join him on an instrumental journey with “Quiet Guitar for Loud Parties,” a guitar-centric album that would make great accompaniment at, well, parties. Dellacroce’s guitar tracks slide across a spectrum of ambient vibes, varying complexities, and experiments.

For this review I decided to take a slightly different approach, and make notes on some of the songs that stood out to me as I listened.

“Toad” – The album kicks off with “Toad,” with a droning slide guitar, creating an atmospheric soundscape that sets the scene. Dellacroce’s establishes a mood here, pulling pulling you into a world of ethereal vibes.

“Layered Overstatement” – This track introduces a more playful tone, gradually building in complexity. However, as the song progresses, a shadow of repetitiveness emerges, detracting from the initial easygoing atmosphere. The evolving layers showcase Dellacroce’s musical dexterity, but the extended repetition challenges the overall coherence. Perhaps that is what he was actually going for, given the title.

“Quiet Guitar For Loud Parties” – The title track, “Quiet Guitar For Loud Parties,” emerges as a testament to Dellacroce’s improvisational prowess. It elaborates on experimentation, as if he’s playing around with a new guitar effects pedal. The unpredictability adds a layer of excitement, making each moment feel spontaneous and unscripted.

An Evening in Poughkeepsie” – On this track, the listener is prompted to question the extent of planning, intentionality, and repeatability in Dellacroce’s playing. The enigma surrounding his musical approach becomes a focal point, leaving us to wonder if any of it is planned out ahead of time or if it’s an entirely improvised.

This is an album of varied soundscapes and accomplished musicianship. Dellacroce’s strength lies in the album’s diversity. Each track unfolds as a distinct entity, showcasing different effects, guitars, and moods.

I’m reminded of The KLF’s Chill Out, which was supposed to sound like a drive through the southern US. There are similar vibes here at certain times. While listening, I felt like I’m in a car, looking across rolling hills. Occasionally a loud truck would pass by, then a brief rainshower. It’s a nice mood for a certain kind of day. Loud parties? The jury is still out on that.

I did have an epiphany, however. Apparently I need to own a guitalele, after hearing “Guitalele Atmosphere” and doing some online research about the instrument. I love the sound and want to experiment with one on my own now.

“Quiet Guitar for Loud Parties” is a testament to David Dellacroce’s ability to traverse diverse musical landscapes on a guitar (or guitalele). While occasional repetition and the mystery of intentionality add complexity, the album’s overall impact lies in its unpredictability and sonic richness. Dellacroce’s journey leaves an indelible mark, inviting listeners to explore the uncharted territories of instrumental expression.

You can find Quiet Guitar For Loud Parties and more of David Dellacroce’s music on Bandcamp.

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