UK-based band Acoustic Alchemy is currently fronted by Greg Carmichael
and Miles Gilderdale. Formed in the early 80's the band has seen many
faces. Experimentation and multiplicity were always be a key element of
their music. Straight ahead jazz, folk, world music or smooth jazz,
the band is a wanderer between many musical styles.
The band mainly focuses
on instrumental music with acoustic and electric guitars in the lead.
The new album Roseland (2011) makes no difference. Although all
tracks are appealing in a melodious way, one finds a lot of depth and
improvisation in the music art to avoid an insipid impression.
“For a lot of people,
instrumental music is just a sound that plays in the background,” says
Carmichael. “But we put a lot into it – not just with this record but
with every record we’ve ever made. I’d like to think that after all
these years, we’ve learned how to take people on a journey. A lot of
our fans have said that we do that for them. As long as they keep
coming back, and as long as they want to stay on that journey, we’ll
keep doing what we’re doing.”
Marrakesh's Djemaa el Fna, a square crowded by acrobats,
story-tellers, water sellers, dancers, and musicians, inspired
numerous artists. With the starting track Marrakesh Acoustic
Alchemy celebrate their own imagination of this magic place. The
shuffle One For Shorty is a jam session with a guitar intro,
Ricky Peterson's Hammond B3 injection and a fulminate horn
“Templemeads is an area in Bristol, not far
from Wales,” Greg Carmichael explains. “My
daughter just finished studying there. She has a masters degree in
chemistry. She has introduced me to quite a bit of music over the
years, so I wanted to write a song that gave her a bit of
recognition.” A memorable tribute to the female academician in his
Marcus is nothing more than steel guitar, bass and drums, but
the result is pure musical magic. A reggae-flavored wah guitar
introduces into the captivating melody of The Ebor Sound System.
State Of The Ark is a new building in a community that is vastly
superior to all other buildings already present. We don't know, to
which building Acoustic Alchemy dedicated this song, but it must be
mighty and awe-inspiring.
Swamp Top deals with Ricky Peterson's organ mastery. No marshy
ground in sight. Swaying in Bossa Nova rhythm Sand On Her Toes
lets the guitars swing like Flamenco dancers. Roseland has the
powerful intriguing theme and the density of guitar sound, that
recommends it as title song. World Stage invites to a catchy
fusion of smooth jazz and world music. This is the group's most
With Stealing Hearts Acoustic Alchemy please friends of Country
music. There is a little Crosby, Stills and Nash in the air." Frank
Mizen absolutely seals that track,” says Carmichael. “He’s a British
guy, but he really captures that American country sound.” Right
Place, Wrong Time sends greetings to John McLaughlin's jazzy style.
A Kinder Loving delivers the harmonic finish.