MATT LAJOIE - The Center and the Fringe

by Matt LaJoie

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    LIMITED TO 50! 12" black vinyl in rice paper sleeve, held in a screenprinted & tipped-on heavy stock reverse board jacket, hand-numbered to 50. Includes a one-of-a-kind hand-drawn mandala insert (made to-order) by the artist, the "Happy to Help" bonus cassette, and a 1" button of the cover art's mandala.

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*Bandcamp's Best New Ambient January 2019*
"The album was performed without any use of overdubbing, but LaJoie has managed to craft an experience so rich and diverse in sound it would be almost impossible to tell otherwise. Most cuts on The Center and the Fringe sit in a frankly weird place, sonically. Take “Venusian Ballroom,” in which the background loops keep up the track’s energy, as a contrast to the deliberate, reflective main guitar line. The culminating point of the album is its chilled-out, rhythmic title track, which breaks from the record’s established irregular guitar sound and minimal instrumentation." - Ari Delaney

"Les compositions de Matt LaJoie tournent en boucle autour de quelques notes jouées sur une guitare électrique, les cordes sont pincées, il y a de la reverb ainsi que du delay et les lignes mélodiques procurent immédiatement quelques vertus thérapeutiques. Elles se superposent progressivement les unes sur les autres, et l’on imagine instantanément le guitariste, assis en tailleur dans un salon chaleureux, en train de sampler ces arrangements sur un multipistes à K7, au gré de l’inspiration qui vient. Le sommeil peut attendre, cette musique psychotropique se déploie lentement, nous plongeant dans une sorte d’état second, comme si nous regardions les étoiles formant un étrange mandala à la couchée de la nuit.
Sur Venusian Ballroom, Matt LaJoie déploie progressivement ce psychédélisme doux fait de guitares claires et de bourdonnements hypnotiques. Six minutes et vingt-deux secondes plus tard, le morceau reste à jamais dans cette cité spatiale imaginaire cachée au plus profond de notre imagination, et je peux vous assurer que je n’ai pris aucune substance hallucinogène aujourd’hui pour écrire une chose pareille." - Mathieu for Random Songs

*The Slow Music Movement Release of the Day, Feb. 12, 2019.*
"Exit the machine by the nearest door, take your first left & jump aboard the transcendental highway to a warmer, more caring, loving, harmonious place with the Kosmische caressed, psychedelically expressed, cosmic guitar and new age of New Age vibes of the excellent new LP from Matt Lajoie for Flower Room."

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Tabulating an estimated 100+ musical releases under dozens of aliases (Herbcraft, ML Wah, Endless Caverns, Cursillistas, etc.) over the past 14 years, here Matt LaJoie steps out into the light with the first ever vinyl LP to bear the name of his birth.

"The Center and the Fringe" is a collection of four solo guitar instrumentals, recorded live with no overdubs at Flower Room's temporary summer home in Hope, Maine, and display the most refined, spiritually inspired, and transcendent live guitar playing of his 20-year history with the instrument. Each track is based off a simple loop recorded live to LaJoie's ubiquitous DL4, which then inspired live-looping, free-flowing automatic compositions from four to 20+ minutes in length.

The A-side features electric guitar pieces recorded on a custom Epiphone Les Paul in standard tuning; the resultant "Plane of Return" and "Venusian Ballroom" conjure up images and feelings of ascendant multiplane travel, visitations of light beings, wonder and cosmic mystery. The whirring, chirping music box harmonics of "Venusian Ballroom" hardly sound like the work of a guitar, until lead lines bring familiar tones to direct the dance; here as ever, a consistent forward motion to the improvisation conjures the image of an invisible conductor just behind the curtain.

The B-side's tracks more concretely ground the improvisations in roots-deep playing on 10-string acoustic guitar, run through the looping function of the DL4. But, played in a tuning wholly unfamiliar to LaJoie, "Communion with Si Mahmoud" and the 20+ minute title track chart an intuitive, expanding, and all-embracing relationship with the unknown and unknowable. From delicate filigrees to jhala-inspired strums, the playing displays high-minded exploration that seems to stretch 10 strings to infinite lengths.

Venturing far beyond the realm of American Primative, LaJoie's earlier guitar soli releases ("The Fountain", "Free to Be...", "The Accidental Eye", "Unlisted") laid the foundation but only hinted at the heights reached in this new collection of recordings; enthusiasts of such cosmic-minded guitar explorers as Deuter, Ackerman, Fichelscher, Göttsching, Côrtes, Frisell, Fripp, and Sandy Bull should find as much to dig into as those who have tracked LaJoie's own progression on the instrument over the past two decades.

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released January 11, 2019

Matt LaJoie: Epiphone custom Les Paul in standard tuning (side one); Seagull 10-string acoustic in Bb-Dd-Bb-F#-Bb-D tuning thru Bill Lawrence pickup (side two); Line 6 DL4, Holy Grail Reverb.

Recorded August 20, 2018 and mixed Summer 2018 at 4847 (Hope, ME) by ML.

Mastered for vinyl & lacquer cut by Carl Saff.

Thanks to Joe Lindsey & Shon I Ma Honey for ushering these guitars into my life.

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