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Acoustic + Electric = Splendid (MP3)

Complementary parts in a track by San Francisco's Edison

It’s not so much that opposites attract as that they complement each other. In the case of “The Sighs” by San Francisco–based Edison, aka Nic Dematteo, the opposites are those old purported rivals, acoustic and electric. The acoustic is a rhythmic guitar part. The electric is the beat — not so much a beat as a beat plus underlying tonal foundation. That foundation has almost half a minute to cement itself before the guitar appears, some Sunday-morning chords and squeaky strings heard against the slowly developing rhythm. What makes the track work is that neither section is stagnant. The beat eventually goes into a double-time loop and the guitar, just after a bleepy melody suggests that “electric” has its own way with a tune, gives up in a gentle surrender. And then the guitar reappears for a refreshing coda. The whole thing is a delight.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/edison. More from Edison/Dematteo at buttonsofdoom.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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