Cantraps

Matt Marble

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These wordless voice and guitar prayerscapes were made in Greensboro, North Carolina over the last year or so. Each track is based on a voice/guitar improvisation. On the guitar, I work in various tunings with a two-finger style I’ve been developing for several years—trance-based, repetition, fretboard geometries, repetition, inspired techniques. I’ve been drawn increasingly towards abstraction, and with the voice I’ve been seeking the tone of the heart of the voice—unabashed, gentle, deep, unrefined, intimate, speechless, humming, melisma. On top of these recordings, I then painted more wordless vocal harmonies, with an occasional electric Epiphone guitar, as well as shakers, hand claps, lap slaps, hand rubbing, and mouth percussion. And this is what a cantrap is.

Greensboro, NC • 2020

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