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David Becker: Euroland

Normally heard as one-third of the David Becker Tribune, that group’s namesake guitarist takes the solo route on Euroland. With only a few exceptions, however, he doesn’t perform in solitude. Drum machines, guitar loops and synthesizers add to the atmosphere, which intends to evoke a musical voyage across Europe, where the transplanted Californian now resides.

The song titles indicate what, or where, Becker hopes to evoke: “Celtic Sea,” “Dawn Over Dublin,” “Istanbul,” “Hills in the Distance.” (Perhaps to comment on all this lush geography, he also includes a rubato, dreamy version of “But Beautiful.”) “Dawn Over Dublin” has the right idea, creating a pleasant melody over an Irish jig. “Webergasse” combines a loop of guitar harmonics with a cascading lead and a background that sounds like a droning cello.

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