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Acoustic Alchemy: This Way

Longtime Acoustic Alchemy followers may be jarred by the opening of the band’s new album, a dreamy track that sounds like one long musical bridge. But after 14 albums in 20 years, and with the backing of powerhouse jazz label Blue Note, leaders Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale chose judiciously with “Love Is All There Is.” It’s suggestive of Acoustic Alchemy’s halcyon beginnings, yet the effortless vocalese and sitar licks hint at the diversity to come.

Acoustic Alchemy has dabbled with horns and different sounds in the recent past, but their musical beating heart will forever be linked by its name. Repeat after me: two guitars can make magic. There’s plenty of it here; This Way is every bit as good as 2005’s American/English and demonstrates that not all bands lose their creative sparks as the years wear on.

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