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"This man,I have to admit, was totally unknown to me before QBICO's owner recommended this LP to me. I searched out his name on the internet and found some very wild YouTube video of live performances....one man and his stringed instruments and harmonica. Yes, harmonica ! It sounded like Mr. Abate used treatments to make Eastern influenced drones using harmonica. I DID have to hear this one. Side A here has two cuts, Ego Trip is the first and is a beautiful Eastern tinged guitar performance, acoustic guitar with slide ! It's an incredible upbeat performance with sudden slide guitar tones mixed in with his strumming sounds. Jimmy Page watch-out ! Track two has what sounds like sitar backing to his guitar picking,which builds up adding ,again, slide sounds and layers of drone and strumming guitars. This is all solo recording work here. Very tasty stuff. For some reason it reminds me of David Gilmore in his The Narrow Way era. Side B is called The Carpet. This starts out like a western movie soundtrack... albeit one from some 1960's trippy, freaky movie! A suspended drone lays back behind a harmonica solo while kalimba starts to dance in your ears. This all soon develops an easy groove unlike anything I could have imagined. Maybe a lost CAN EFS (Ethnic Forgery Series) track ? In any description of this I'd have to add that it's a dreamy sound, in that this is music like you could only possibly hear in a dream ! I'd guess that CAN is a good comparison, because as the track progresses it flows from one soundscape to another in the same way Bel Air from that group's Future Days album moves. Yes, I will invoke such a masterpiece in this description ! Sitting here and marvelling at this cut I have to say that this beautiful music was "short pressed". I mean it's an absolute shame that more than 100 copies of this insanely incredible trip will not be out there for you to hear. But that's been the way of QBICO's limited series. I've not yet heard one of these that didn't just blow the mind.
So, there you go. One "foreboding" album of classic stature....and one beautiful trip of a future "lost classic" album by one amazing instrumentalist ! I'd say beg ,borrow ,or steal to get Maurizio Abate's album. This is what I always look for in this sort of music,and it's out for just one moment. A dream pressed onto vinyl." psychatrone