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The debut LP by Chicago-based artist Guido Gamboa, Saturday’s Notes is a multi-faceted collection of sonic studies born from a day of studious and diaristic note-taking. The music flows in idiosyncratic segments taking on a form akin to an artist’s sketchbook, constantly crossing and challenging the line between the aesthetically curious and the personally candid. Various influences are apparent as the listener is weaved in and out of hollowed concrète construction zones, beds of frayed and tangled electroacoustics, irreverent noise chambers and catatonic lo-fi tape haunts. At times unsettlingly intense and at others laughably informal, Saturday’s Notes serves as both a rigorous fledgeling artistic statement and an exhaustively introspective “note to self.”
Guido Gamboa was a name I did not know until he contacted me. I am glad he did. Saturday's Notes is a superb LP, somewhat in the early 80s UK experimental tape scene mode, but also with elements of Musique Concrète and a perhaps more modern, or at least cleaner sound. The music is very well organized. Tappings, groanings, squeaks, hissings, and field recordings. I have heard way too many 'soundscape' recordings over the last few years and am somewhat dubious as to the future of this style. However, Gamboa's LP is top notch throughout. Saturday's Notes is somewhat similar to the aesthetic of the Vitrine or Crisis Of Taste labels, while at the same time being a bit more considered and less crude. Top notch work." Scott Foust, Swill Radio
". . .he does a great job. All of these pieces are densely layered with sounds, cut and stuck together in an imaginative way, full of tension and dynamics. The seventh piece is a short, noisy beast that puts a distinctive end to the music; it has been a great ride through the big city, filled with cars, bars and industrial wastelands and occasional quietness." - Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly