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Guy Bélanger- Traces & Scars review   Leave a comment

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Guy Bélanger Traces & Scars  Disques Bros www.GuyBelangerMusic.com

Opening with two rather sedate and gentle instrumental and largely acoustic pieces, one is immediately drawn into the atmospheric experience veteran Quebec harmonica player Guy Bélanger has created. This is the sound of wires and wood (and harmonica)  in no hurry to get where they are headed—for Bélanger it is truly about the journey. This sense of the inevitable passage of time as something to be embraced is not only apparent in the album’s title, but throughout these 10 instrumentals and two songs. His song notes help us understand this perspective, but the music most likely stands as its own evidence.

A lively number, “Fat Boy,” features its composer Preston Reed playing the tapping-style of acoustic guitar playing, and is an early favourite. Stephen Bruton’s (and Malford Milligan’s) “Who’s Left Standing,” is provided a stunning and memorable performance via vocalist Luce Dufault and Bélanger’s band. The album’s other vocal track is “Little Heart,” and Bélanger’s voice is ideally suited to the task. “Nitassinan” is another highlight of this far-reaching, moving album; a sense of remoteness encompasses this song, and—to these ears–it contains echoes of the music of Kashtin.

Put the kettle on, and enjoy.