"Heptad is stunning! Vivid, rich in sound and emotion, and packed with ideas." - Elliott Sharp
"Domene’s latest solo effort retains the extended range of his 7-string electric but favors a cleaner sound than usual. Also retained is his excellent sense of dynamics and compositional arc." - Guitar Moderne
Iluso Records are thrilled to release a new solo recording by guitarist-composer Álvaro Domene.
Heptad is the first volume of Domene’s new works for seven string electric guitar which, instead of being a continuation of his monolithic sounding solo pieces heard on Illustris (2020) (ilusorecords.bandcamp.com/album/illustris
) and The Compass (2018) (ilusorecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-compass
), it signifies a tangent in Domene’s solo works. If the two previous albums were conceptualized as new orchestral-inspired music performed on electric guitar, Heptad is the chamber equivalent, on which Domene’s seven notated, but spontaneously interpreted pieces, evoke the enveloping sonorities of small string ensembles.
All the pieces were conceived to be performed and recorded live, with no overdubs, and, to achieve this imaginative sound, Domene meticulously programmed over two dozen pitch delay algorithms that assisted him in shaping the harmonic and melodic palette of each compositional framework, which, along with his angular approach on guitar and dazzling energy, allowed him to weave nets of contrapuntal statements, eerie chordal textures, and chilling harmonics.
Heptad Volume I is a serious solo guitar recording, pivotal in Domene’s solo output, and presented with all the meticulousness and imagination that these exploratory and unearthly pieces deserve.
Play loud and enjoy.