Boomkat Product Review:
Superlative debut dispatch of microtonal haptics from Dublin-born, London-based Paul McGuire for the yung avant-garde imprint, Slip (f.k.a. Slip Discs). Leading on from the bittersweet lower case compositions of Joe Snape in 'Brittle Love' EP, McGuire's 'Sleep Spindles' revolves around three captivating works for solo cello, twelve guitars, and two percussionists, respectively. The first, 'Tampered Cello' (2014) was performed and recorded by Céline Papion in her Stuttgart apartment and spans nearly 15 minutes of intently focussed, close mic'd extended technique, rendering a whole lexicon of near microsciopic crackles, strikes and scurries punctuated by well-judged use of lacunæ. 'Marshes' (2013) follows with a spine-freezing piece of microtonal dissonance for 12 guitars, performed by Open Source Guitars. We're witness to potential genius here, sounding something like a swarm of bees or drones conducted inside Reinhold Friedl's piano, and also scarily reminiscent of Harley Gaber's 'The Winds Rise In The North'. Finally, the titular 'Sleep Spindles', written and performed by McGuire, presents perhaps the purest portrait of the artist with nearly 15 minutes of metallic haptics executed with preternatural attention to micro and macro tone, rhythm and texture alchemising the the most elusive magick: a special something from next to nothing. You may be able to tell that we're a little excited by this release, and you'd be right. Strong recommendation.