Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier – Chasing Tales
(MGP Records. MGPCD016. CD Review by Patrick Hadfield)
On this rather lovely record, Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier play a wide range of guitars and other stringed instruments (and some synth – guitar or otherwise – on a couple of tracks. Unlike their previous record together, Travels, Chasing Tales was recorded in the studio, allowing for what sound like some over dubbing on some tracks.
Despite that, the record has a very spontaneous, largely optimistic feel to it. It simply makes you smile. It is very enjoyable.
Most of the record is acoustic, and it is quite a quiet sound, at times as close to classical as jazz guitar. There are also some folk and world influences, particularly on Uzun Ince Bir Yoldayim, on which Meier plays baglama, a Middle Eastern form of lute. But basically it is two people playing guitars rather well, apparently just for the love of it; its simplicity is appealing. I can’t tell Oxley from Meier, especially when they are exchanging licks across choruses on some tracks, though for guitar geeks their contributions to each track – the instruments they play and the order of solos – is detailed.