This acoustic guitar album is a big change for experimental musician Maurizio Abate. After many years of psychedelic albums combining improvisation with a creative recording process, he composed “Loneliness, Desire and Revenge” based on a more traditional method — solo acoustic guitar.
In the winter of 2014 he organized a series of Italian screenings of James Cullingham‘s 2013 documentary In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey, giving occasional solo guitar performances before screenings, and that occasion encouraged him to experience the guitar solo language. After playing these compositions at live shows, Maurizio decided to record the tracks in an almost definitive way, though the live interpretation of the songs is always mutating. He recorded alone in his house between Christmas 2014 and New Year’s Day 2015 on a reel-to-reel tape recorder, performing acoustic guitar and, in a couple of songs, electric guitar and harmonica.
“Loneliness, Desire and Revenge” is an intimate and confidential album, evoking the musician’s moods and emotions, and a document of Abate’s transition from improvisational electric sound to instrumental songwriting for acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
Black Sweat Records