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  • May 6, 2014
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Out of Nothing
Matteo Palmer
2013 / Matteo Palmer Music
50 minutes

"Out of Nothing" is the debut album by guitarist Matteo Palmer. Recorded when he was just seventeen, Palmer impresses with a remarkably mature artistry that is all about the beauty of the music and the sound of his steel string guitar rather than showing off how well he plays (and he plays really well!). Mentored by the legendary Will Ackerman for the past few  years, Palmer recorded the album at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios. Co-produced by Palmer, Ackerman and Tom Eaton,  eight of the eleven original pieces are solo guitar; bassist Tony Levin added his talents on three. Most of the music is relaxing and soothing, in the spirit of Windham Hill luminaries such as Ackerman, Michael Hedges, and Alex de Grassi. A few tracks have a higher energy level, but this is music that works well either in the background or while listening with careful attention. If this is just the beginning of Matteo Palmer’s musical career, we are all in for a very special treat!

"Out of Nothing"  begins with “Journey of the Wandering Minstrel,” a piece with a slightly mysterious edge. This piece includes a percussive effect accomplished by Palmer slapping the body of the guitar in perfect synch with his strumming. A multi-movement composition, it’s an intriguing beginning to the album! “Autumn” beautifully conveys the stillness of the dwindling days of summer as trees take on new, vibrant colors and days grow shorter - so peaceful! This piece was included in the 2013 compilation album, "The Best of Reviews New Age: The Guitar.“ Escaping Reality” steps up the intensity and energy level a bit. “Ex Nihilo” is the Latin phrase for “Out of Nothing,” making this the title track (sort of!). Very quiet and contemplative, it seems to express a tranquil mood and a sense of wonder. On “Ribbon Candy,” Palmer again employs percussive effects to accompany the happy innocence and easy-going folk rhythm of the song. And speaking of happy innocence, just the title “Happy Pancakes” inspires smiles and lighthearted images while this wonderful little piece effortlessly erases any troubles - even if it’s just for a few minutes. Love it!!! “Family Portrait” returns to a more gently reflective style that comes from the heart and expresses deep emotion. “Sleepy Dog” closes the album with a sweetly warm and cozy lullaby for a beloved canine. 

If you love solo acoustic guitar, "Out of Nothing" is a must-have! Matteo Palmer is a young star on the rise, and this album clearly indicates that he has a very special gift to share with the world. The album is available from www.matteopalmermusic.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!

 

Kathy Parsons
MainlyPiano.com

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