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Format: CD
Sku: 205135730
UPC: 783881010725
UPC 14: 00783881010725
Release Date: 9/18/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Amongst A Swarm Of Hummingbirds ~ Alexander Turnquist
2. In The Vein Of Bedlam ~ Alexander Turnquist
3. Water Spots Upon My Mind ~ Alexander Turnquist
4. White Out ~ Alexander Turnquist
5. Mime Fight ~ Alexander Turnquist
6. As the Sun Sets, We Think of Days to Come... ~ Alexander Turnquist

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Alexander Turnquist (guitar, 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar, piano, vibraphone).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Scott Solter.
Muze PNote Recording information: Baucom Road Studio, NC (10/2006).
Muze PNote Based on his debut album, Alexander Turnquist is that rarity, a young solo acoustic guitarist whose work bears no audible influence by John Fahey. Faint at the Loudest Hour has a faint raga feel, sometimes akin to solo albums by ex-Sun City Girls stalwart Sir Richard Bishop, and at times it descends into mere hypnotic prettiness in the manner of first-generation Windham Hill artists like Alex de Grassi and Michael Hedges. But Turnquist cleverly adds other textures and instruments to his playing, subtly enough to keep them from sounding intrusive, but with just enough presence to change the dynamics of what would be just another solo acoustic guitar record. Closing track "As the Sun Sets, We Think of Days to Come" is the highlight in this regard, with Turnquist's effortlessly flowing, cyclical guitar figures meshing perfectly with the repeated tumbling piano figure in the background. The aptly titled opener "Amongst a Swarm of Hummingbirds" is less subtle in its manipulations than the rest of the albums, sending Turnquist's guitar through a Frippertronics-like phalanx of effects and processing before the initial solo theme re-emerges at song's end. Those with little use for solo instrumental showcases won't have their minds changed by Faint at the Loudest Hour, but for aficionados of the form, this is a compelling and encouraging debut. ~ Stewart Mason

Engineer: Scott Solter

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Imaginational Anthem Vol 1-5

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/17/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : VHF 107
Music Label Name Label : VHF
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00783881010725

Professional Reviews

The Wire (p.63)
- "'Amongst A Swarm Of Hummingbirds' is in some ways the most notable piece. It sets forth in a gentle, meandering weir of six string acoustics..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Turnquist,Alexander
Product attributeLabel:   Vhf Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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