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Tal Yahalom: Light’s Out

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Tal Yahalom: Light's Out
Photograph courtesy of the artist

The melancholic spirit of a guitarist hovers very audibly behind these four short wonderful works created in the quietude of the global pandemic. Sometimes, metaphorically-speaking, a divine presence even steps forwards to take the instrument by its strings and fretboard and place it in the hands of the the Israeli-born guitarist Tal Yahalom – the whispered beauty of these short songs is that compelling.

It is not every composition created during this existential crisis that has meaning in the manner in which these songs do. The amount of coiled-up stamina, accuracy, controlled power, expert musicianship and plain technical prowess needed to successfully pull it off is beyond the reach of most. Mr Yahalom ignites the strings of his beautifully voiced instrument in a way that brings a soft glimmer to these songs. You won’t, I think, hear more eloquence and feathery beauty in solo guitar works.

Each one of these songs comes with its own whispered atmospherics and conjures imagery that is vivid [“Sad to See” and “Goodbye for Now”] and profound [“Sleepless” and “Solace”]. It’s all very spiritually cathartic.

Track list – 1: Sleepless; 2: Too Sad to See; 3: Goodbye for Now; 4: Solace

Personnel – Tal Yahalom: classical and acoustic guitars

Released – 2021
Label – Independent
Runtime – 10:43

Based in Canada, Raul da Gama is a Canadian poet, musician and accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically. Raul studied music at Trinity College of Music, London and has read the classics, lived and worked in three continents and believes that there is a common thread running through every culture on earth. It is this unifying aspect of humanity that occupies his thoughts each day as he continues to write poetry and critique music. His last book was The Unfinished Score: The Complete Works of Charles Mingus, a book that relocated the life and works of the great American composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, to the landscape of poetry. He is currently at work on a poem of some length.

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