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Ben Monder: Excavation

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Guitarist Ben Monder possesses such prodigious technique that songs can run away from him as he restlessly crams in every chordal variation. And this is mostly a very good thing, especially on Excavation.

While Monder does play single-note lines with a dark, almost underwater-sounding tone, his style is most defined by the speed, agility and harmonic dexterity of his arpeggios. Monder picks through chords like a spider spinning its web on speed, evoking a mixture of John Fahey’s fluidity and ’70s-era John Abercrombie’s lush but lulling tonality.

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