What do you look for in good music? Perhaps a beat you can move to, or lyrics that inspire you. Maybe you just like some tight vocal talent. What I don’t often hear is that people are drawn to strictly instrumental music these days. It would be accurate to lump me into that category as well. That’s why the debut album by Guamskyy, a project managed by guitarist Christian San Agustin, made me re-evaluate what kind of a listener I truly am.
Seven Parallels is not your typical studio album. I don’t know how to accurately summarize it in a sentence, but the best I can do is to say that it is an experience that touches on emotion and movement, culture and creativity. There is a lot of experimentation and melding of genres.
One of the best examples of this is track five, “Hyper Beam,” which is almost six and a half solid minutes of transitional music that transcends the stereotypical instrumental, and flirts with the realm of concepts carried through art.
For the mellow mood, you can feed your soul with “Safe Bell,” which is just perfect burst of melody and emotion. “Crystals,” feels a bit whimsical and mysterious while being the soundtrack to something as simple as contemplation. “Tuleti,” has a very worldly, cultural feel to it, which is just a touch more soothing as the aforementioned “Safe Bell.” It does carry a bit more forwardness with its well-chosen shoegaze/dub-step feel and the interweaving of various instrumental supports. Both of these songs are expertly arranged and never lose the appeal that many instrumental pieces are often at risk of.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been so quickly swayed to appreciate an artist I’ve not only never listened to, but never heard of before. Guamskyy is a game changer on that front. With such a wide spectrum of musical decisions so well placed in this collection, this artist proves that he is one of the many musicians of this generation that’s going to change where we are going.
Music is no longer a single genre spectacle, it’s a multifaceted experience, and this is your proof. Welcome to the future.