Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Peter Martinsson Group – Changes (CD)
Once upon a time, back in 1979-80, guitarist Peter played guitar in underground bands Plebb and Purple Haze, each one with one release to show for (rarities today). In 2012 he was brought back to the musical scene with his outstanding instrumental album “Guitar State Of Mind”, followed by “No Grey” in 2014. Now it’s time for another dose of instrumental high-class guitar playing. Peter Martinsson Group is more about melodic hard rock oriented songs that high speed shredding. “Never Again”, for instance, has an aura of 70s Rainbow hanging over it, while “You Can Dance” crunches out some heavy bluesy riffs which makes me think of Michael Katon. “Ahead Of Time” has a cool 70s feel of Janne Schaffer (think “Halkans Affär” or “Fillins Mignon”). Peter’s tone and feel often give me serious goosebumps! His sweet notes are just there! His melodic feel is outstanding and even though I’m not a huge fan of instrumental albums, I just can’t stop listening to his music! I just love the quirky playfulness of songs like “Happy Happie” or the coolness of “Loosen Up”. He also does a killer version of the traditional folk song “Barkbrödslåten”, quite different from Kebnekajse’s rendition. Highly recommended!