Dacă tot l-am pomenit astăzi pe John Wesley, autorul celui mai bun album al anului 2014, Disconnect (scos la InsideOut), mă gîndesc că nu ar strica să-l cunoaşteţi. Pentru asta, aveţi de parcurs un interviu, pe care i l-a luat Anil Prasad, foarte recent, acum vreo două săptămîni. La care se mai adaugă opiniile lui Alex Lifeson (da, el însuşi) şi Dean Tidey. Site-ul innerviews.org e unul mai deosebit, după cum Wesley însuşi îl prezintă:
“Innerviews” was started when there was no such thing as a music journalism website, Anil was among the first. http://www.innerviews.org IS the premier site to get in depth interviews with musicians of every genre. No journalist asks the questions or mines the depths that Anil does, and certainly very few people on earth posses the knowledge and have insights into so many eclectic forms of music. I have had the honor of several long conversations with Anil that ended up being my first Guitar Player magazine feature.
Anil Prasad prezintă albumul (pe care eu îl plasez lejer pe primul loc al unui top subiectiv al anului 2014) în termenii următori:
Conflict, disarray and discontent are running themes throughout John Wesley’s Disconnect. The expansive rock effort, infused with dramatic moods, dark textures and soaring vocal harmonies, looks at the challenges of modern life. It deals with fractured relationships, post-war angst, spirituality, greed, and economic survival. It’s deep stuff, tempered with resolution and hope.
Wesley’s virtuoso guitar work shares center stage with the album’s reflective motifs. He invokes a diverse array of sounds, tones and characters from his instruments. And while he’s known for lengthy, exploratory solos as a long-time member of Porcupine Tree’s live band, the entirety of his guitar work on Disconnect is designed to serve the song’s structural and emotional contexts. However, there are plenty of heated, searing guitar moments on the album, including a guest appearance from Rush’s Alex Lifeson. Co-producer Dean Tidey also contributed foundational guitar work to the record and helped guide it so it reflected a balanced sonic perspective.
Outside of his solo career, which includes seven previous studio releases, Wesley has a deeply-established footprint with several other notable rock acts, including Fish, Marillion, Sound of Contact, and Steven Wilson as a solo artist. In fact, much of Wesley’s initial visibility is related to Marillion offering him an opportunity to open for the band in 1992. It set a chain of events and relationships in motion that helped him arrive at the point he’s at today—something explored in this career-spanning conversation.
Interviul aici. Şi un through-in video, cu menţiunea că vocea îi aparţine tot lui Wesley: