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Reviewed by Amanda Mills

Pablo Vasquez: Pablo Vasquez

Reviewed by Amanda Mills

Pablo Vasquez: Pablo Vasquez

Pablo Vasquez is the classical guitar project of Jol Mulholland and Elroy Finn, the duo interweaving their instrumental textures and melodies on their nylon-stringed acoustic guitars.

As musicians arguably most familiar with popular music, Mulholland and Finn prove from the start that they are adept classical musicians, and both approach the songs on their self-titled debut with elegant performane, and flair.

There are little hints of flamenco, and renaissance madrigal, and a few baroque flourishes on ‘Pablo Vasquez,’ and The Crying Suite, and Arabia having more than a touch of drama about them with deft finger work, and dramatic chord changes bringing in some theatricality.

In contrast, Adagio in A Minor, moves between classical styles while still staying true to the expressiveness of the music – in fact, expression could be one of the key words to associate with this album with the twists and turns the music takes.

Written by Mulholland and Finn, ‘Pablo Vasquez’ was recorded at The Lab studios in 2016, and the duo have performed the album over the last two years. It might be simple to put Pablo Vasquez down as easy listening, but their beautiful classical guitar music is hard to fault: frequently complex, decorative, elegant, and always beautifully performed, they deserve a far larger audience.

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