Jude Gwynaire | Super Skull Music

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Super Skull Music

by Jude Gwynaire

An eclectic fusion of rock, electronica, ambient and folk. 'Super Skull Music' is both ethereal and powerful in its delivery and includes the fantastic 'Axe Over Frisco' plus many other great tracks.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beyond Echo Park
4:30 $0.89
2. Sunshine Super Car
4:43 $0.89
3. We Are Hong Kong
6:33 $0.89
4. Island of the Alchemist
4:34 $0.89
5. West Coast
5:30 $0.89
6. Raza, Robot Queen
6:05 $0.89
7. Magic Lanterns
6:54 $0.89
8. Pixie Loves Candy
5:28 $0.89
9. Super Skull Music
4:49 $0.89
10. Tin Gods in Eden
3:13 $0.89
11. Dawntreader Bay
5:11 $0.89
12. Shores of Naxos
4:54 $0.89
13. Kon-Tiki Star
3:59 $0.89
14. Jenny Lighthouse (Fire Island Girl)
2:42 $0.89
15. Axe Over Frisco
8:41 $0.89
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Jude blasts back with a new album, ‘Super Skull Music’, featuring the dazzling 'We Are Hong Kong', 'Axe Over Frisco', and 'Raza, Robot Queen'. The album marks a bold leap forward, both in terms of style and approach, ushering in a new musicality and feel for the organic. While the foundations of Jude’s method remain, to the carefully crafted circuitry that modulates his sound there is introduced a new sense of freedom and space for instinctive expression.
‘Beyond Echo Park’, the opening track, propels us into the epic, light-filled hinterlands of suburban USA, – familiar territory for Jude - where distorted guitars weave a rich tapestry above the purity of a percussive line redolent of the hope and joie de vivre that resounds throughout this collection.
‘Sunshine Super Car’ kicks up a storm, with a thumping, syncopated bass lifted straight from the underground dance floors of 1990s downtown Nowheresville. Think Black Moth Super Rainbow and you’re half way there. Beware – the hook is catchy and infinitely hummable!
Building levels of complexity, with a clash of cymbals, we plunge through a heady miasma of exhaust fumes and the fug of opium smoke, into Chinatown where the voices of an ancient order cut through the electronic hubbub of a modern metropolis; ‘We are Hong Kong!’
'Island of the Alchemist' brings together Jude’s ramped up lead, riffing to the beat of jungle drums, to mesmeric effect. Marooned off-shore on an island in the tropics, a lone alchemist, half-crazed in his isolation, weaves shapes in the air with his guitar!
'West Coast' casts a glance to the rear-view mirror and the West Coast music scene of the 1960s, where dreams of a better world either took flight, or crashed and burned.
Back, now, to the future where ‘Raza, Robot Queen’ dispenses rough justice with thunderous bass and a rasping trill. This is Fritz Lang’s vision of tomorrow expressed through electronic discord and the sound of a dial skittering across frequencies.
Suddenly, the rhythm relents and the ground drops away. Cut lose from the diktat of the metronome, 'Magic Lanterns' drift on the updraughts of airy guitar while pure notes ring out like windchimes in a breeze. This track is emblematic of Jude’s new, expansive vocabulary.
'Pixie Loves Candy' is shamelessly kitsch, and the experimental nature of the track is further evidence of Jude toying with established forms in search of something new. At once vacuous, funny, and a parody of his previous work, Jude interjects into the fribbling conversation with his spiralling synth!
The album's title track is next, and includes some meaty electric guitar work and celestial voices. Fading in after this is the mystical 'Tin Gods in Eden' which features an interwoven bank of distant electric guitars, voices and synthesizer.
'Dawntreader Bay' is another excursion back into happy valley and features piano, voices, acoustic guitar, vibes and jazz guitar. 'Shores of Naxos' and 'Kon'Tiki Star' have a strong new age feel and are both ethereal and transporting in their nature. 'Jenny Lighthouse' is a short but beautiful composition played on the acoustic guitar with just a hint of the Korg M50 synthesizer in the background.
The final track on the album, 'Axe Over Frisco', is a real killer. Beginning with an infectious drum beat interlaced with the sound of emerging helicopters, a lone acoustic guitar strum leads us over San Francisco where the hovering choppers are transformed into an infectious arpeggiator synth rhythm. A fervent mix of ethereal voices and jazz organ entice us further into the track until we are immersed in, and blown away, by Jude's extended, improvised 'axe' solo. Weighing in at over eight minutes, this is an amazing track and a most suitable end to the album.

'Super Skull Music' is rich in texture and invention, humour and musicality. It is the high water mark of Jude's recent compositions, presenting a new maturity and command of his craft.



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Jeff Waterhouse

A hugely mind-expanding album. Very imaginative!

John Hartmann

Amazing sounds from an incredible album...
Super Skull Music would be well worth buying just to hear the fantastic 'Axe Over Frisco', but throw in all the other great tracks and you've bought yourself some real musical bargaining power. An excellent blend of rock and electronica. A must! Enjoy :)