Playing with a wide variety of instruments and styles on his forthcoming 2014 Dead Oceans debut Along the Way, Mark McGuire presents his unique vision of modern psychedelia. "This story is an odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind," he explains in the liner notes.
Mark McGuire first came to national attention as part of Cleveland's drone collective Emeralds, a band that single handedly created a paradigm shift toward the meditative in an era of underground music best known for noise and chaos. McGuire's first solo release in 2006 showcased a natural affinity for melody, slowly disintegrating loops and composition. When he kept audiences spellbound with live performances of his material it made believers of concertgoers across the world. By 2009 his solo debut album Living With Yourself was garnering praise from press and audiences alike. McGuire as a solo performer made a direct connection with fans through his hypnotic playing, becoming more complex in its dynamics and phrasings. The album's 2011 follow up Get Lost furthered the guitarist's palate to include a sun-bleached digital effect.
For those following McGuire's musical ascent thus far, the record is a culmination of a prodigious and prolific artist.