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Lines & Spaces

by Michael Fix

Acoustic guitar still dominates Fix's musical landscape, but on 'Lines & Spaces', the sparse solo performances (Remembering Ray, Spaces) are balanced with more produced tracks, adding percussion, bass, flute, electric guitar, plus vocals on 2 tracks.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Young Gun
3:36 $0.99
2. When Thuli Smiles
2:56 $0.99
3. After the Storm
2:49 $0.99
4. Butcherbird
3:46 $0.99
5. Happy Talk
3:17 $0.99
6. Remembering Ray
3:11 $0.99
7. Blackbird
3:00 $0.99
8. Silvertop Blues
3:34 $0.99
9. Spaces (Without You)
2:54 $0.99
10. Bolero
4:13 $0.99
11. Waxhead
2:58 $0.99
12. I Saw Her Standing There
2:52 $0.99
13. Coppertown Blues
5:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Steve Henderson (Guitarist Australia Magazine) writes:
"His interpretations of other people's tunes have a fresh individuality about them, while his own compositions draw on diverse influences to create a personal uniqueness that is easy to listen to..."

"Lines & Spaces" is Australian acoustic guitarist Michael Fix's fourteenth CD release, and emphatically shows why he has become such an in-demand concert artist, touring Europe every year, and winning fans from all over the world.

A true artist, each successive album follows new paths, and he is not afraid to try new ideas, or take risks. Fix regards all his albums as musical snapshots of a point-in-time in his life, recording the highs (travels, new rhythmic discoveries), simple pleasures (a child's smile, birdsong, a storm passing), and lows (loss of a friend, missing family, loss of childhood), and by sharing these universal emotions and experiences, Michael has been able to touch listeners on a very deep and personal level.

As a reflection of his live set, Michael adds some cover arrangements into the mix. "I think the way an artist interprets a well-known cover can say a lot about that artist" explains Michael. "A song like The Beatles 'Blackbird' is so famous and loved by guitar players - and so frequently covered - that I felt it important to create something unique. I hope Beatle fans aren't too upset by my 'funky' 'Blackbird'!"

However, 'I saw her Standing There' is giving a much straighter, more traditional interpretation, and is unique for being performed as a driving solo acoustic guitar piece, incorporating the groove, bass line, and melody in what is technically complex, yet rendered with the energy of the original Beatles recording.

Some surprises await long-time fans of Michael's music - some 'new' additions to Michael's sound; female block harmonies ('Blackbird', 'Coppertown Blues') and flute (Butcherbird) - both courtesy of Sarah Calderwood from Brisbane based quartet 'Sunas'. Also, harmonica (Young Gun), played by virtuoso Christian Marsh.

With a nod to his 2009 CD 'ClassicFix' Michael includes a further surprise: a spectacular solo guitar arrangement of Ravel's masterpiece 'Bolero'

However the biggest surprise might be found in 'Coppertown Blues'. Co-written with Mark Cryle, the song tells a very personal story of a child growing up in the industrial town of Port Kembla in the 1960s. Inspired by the demolition in 2014 of the iconic stack which towered over Michael's first school, the song talks of toxic waste falling on the town, the siren in the school yard to warn of excessive pollution levels, the burning in the chest when the wind blew West, the transition of Port Kemble into a ghost town when the industries closed, and finally, the mixed emotions bought about by the demolition of the stack.



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