Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Seascapes: 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Seascapes: 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

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The Gothenburg Combo

Seascapes: 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

(Combo)

Swedish duo goes deep on minimalist, sci-fi-inspired voyage

If Terry Riley's landmark composition In C comes to mind while you're listening to Seascapes, it should not be surprising. Swedish nylon-string guitarists David Hansson and Thomas Hansy, performing as the Gothenburg Combo, have recorded that masterwork and have appeared onstage with Riley. The music of Steve Reich is in their repertoire as well, and so is that of Bach, Debussy, Albéniz, Piazzolla, Abba, Gershwin, and Lennon & McCartney. Minimalism-long passages of repetitive interlocking patterns and nuanced harmonic shifts-plays prominently in these ten original compositions inspired by the Jules Verne science fiction adventure classic. But Hansson and Hansy disrupt the patterns with effects and extended techniques: simple single-note melodies, chiming harmonics, or silvery glissandos against pulsating pulled chords and arpeggios; plectrum scrapes and slides against the strings on one guitar to contrast with harp-like plucking on the other. …

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