Music Albums

The press release for the two albums below also includes a brief interview about the production of Seven Crescents and While My Guitar Gently Annihilates. Click for the Press Release in PDF.

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Seven Crescents: Instrumentals and Guitar Solos
by Matthew Howard

List Price: $17.95
73 minutes, 17 tracks
Buy the compact disc from Amazon or from CreateSpace.

CD Booklet Exterior (back and front)
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Seven Crescents’ predominantly hard rock tracks show progressive influences like odd time signatures and exotic scales. The guitar playing dares to get experimental in search of the ultimate solo, incorporating techniques like slide and two-handed tapping with electronic effects and a loop pedal.

The live and home studio recordings of Seven Crescents span five musically productive years of performing and recording music with friends, from the jazz combo shows to the semi-acoustic album to the rock trio jamming live on the art scene. Many of the tracks on Seven Crescents either became performance pieces for these groups, or resulted from jamming out ideas with them. Seven Crescents includes tracks never before released on compact disc, and also the best of several albums which were sold as concert-only promotional items.

Due to the live nature of many of these recordings, sound quality may vary from track to track.

CD Booklet Interior
album booklet interior
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While My Guitar Gently Annihilates: Electric Improvisations
Matthew Howard

List Price: $17.95
75 minutes, 13 tracks
Buy the compact disc from Amazon or from CreateSpace.

CD Booklet Exterior (back and front)
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While My Guitar Gently Annihilates is a seven-year sonic journal of one guitarist’s quest to play the ultimate mind-bending guitar solo. These improvisations ignore conventional song structures, instead employing drones, soundscapes, and layered guitars to propel the fiery fretwork to new heights of shred.

The tracks on While My Guitar Gently Annihilates come from live and studio sessions. In the live performances, the guitar gets run through a loop pedal to create layer upon layer of rhythms, melodies, and ambient sounds. While My Guitar Gently Annihilates would be well-suited for fans of heavy, progressive rock and ambient post-rock.

Due to the live nature of many of these recordings, sound quality may vary from track to track.

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Finally, I’ve recorded some tunes I don’t have the rights to sell, but you can listen to them for free in my archive of demos and live jams at: Matthew Howard Guitar Retrospective.

Rock on!

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