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Kastning, Kevin: 30/36

Kevin Kastning is at it again with his new album 30/36, the follow-up to 17/66. This is Kastning’s thirty-third album on Greydisc Records, an impressive body of work to say the least. On the album Kastning plays his 36-string Double Contraguitar and 30-string Contra-Alto guitar.

As with all of Kastning’s releases, 30/36 is very much an experimental acoustic album inundated with Kastning’s unique approach to sound design. His playing merges softly plucked notes with more intense playing. The use of harmonics and sustain really stand out on this one as the ringing tones and vibrating sounds reverberate through the soundscape adding some truly haunting atmospheres. As with much of Kastning’s work doing a track by track review wouldn’t be very effective as this is an album that could almost be considered as one fifty-two minute piece. It’s a very fluid affair making this an ideal album to just sit back and relax to, taking it all in in one sitting. If you have enjoyed Kastning’s past works this latest offering should do the trick as well. If you are new to the artist, an appreciation of mellow ambient sounds all wrapped in an experimental approach would be considered essential. Kastning’s sound concoctions are really quite unique. Check out the link below for further explorations.

Track Listing:
1. Wotruba I (6:35)
2. Bahuya I (5:38)
3. Bahuya II (9:50)
4. Wotruba II (6:00)
5. Malleus Anguli I (5:49)
6. Malleus Anguli II (3:54)
7. Wotruba III (4:05)
8. Aequus Nox I (2:31)
9. Aequus Nox II (7:45)

Added: January 6th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
Hits: 593
Language: english

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