The abstact expressionist painting on the cover of “Resonance” is fitting. This collection of haunting baritone guitar duets is a thrilling reminder that music is art as well as entertainment. Kastning, a Massachusetts native, is a pioneer in modern acoustic guitar composition, a world seldom visited by mainstream listeners.
In his latest offering Kastning teams up with Hungarian virtuoso Sándor Szabó to produce thirteen puzzling pieces that may be best described as acoustic soundscapes. The album is unmelodic and occasionally atonal (there isn’t a single track you can hum), so you won’t want it for your daily commute. But the staccato back-and-forth of “Resonance” can be disturbingly peaceful and inspiring for those with enough time to develop an intimate relationship with it. Listen to this disc alone while you’re writing, painting, cooking, or whatever it is you consider your art, and see where it takes you.
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