255

Gunslinger: Early Volumes 1

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
DJ Chris Anthem, aka Gunslinger, offers a medley of dance and party tracks founded on a pulsating, groove-oriented modus operandi. With feisty synth lines, catchy riffs and echo-laden vocals, the program casts an appeasing portraiture of retro house beats with a modern periphery. Gunslinger incorporates beefy electro-bass parts into the grand schema, which is a component that works agreeably with the snappy beats.

At times, Gunslinger's vocals project mystical attributes, especially during the hazy dream-type ambient-electronica jaunts, largely evidenced within various interludes or movements. He cagily morphs the oscillating and melodious segments into the netherworld, when not steering the music into techno-psychedelic forays, spiced with an up-tempo impetus. And on "Variation," the DJ bangs out a pop-rock dance vibe atop a pliant framework and hearty rock rhythms.

Unlike other productions of this ilk, the artist refrains from sugarcoating many of his arrangements with layer-upon-layer of electronic effects and nonsensical interludes, uncannily bridging a new wave rock mindset with traditional electronic dance music paradigms. More important, Gunslinger's compositions are designed with sustainable qualities, based on memorable hooks and a buoyant approach to the material. With a musicality underscored by theatrical implications, Early Volumes 1 is an enjoyable outing that should appeal to both the hardcore house music advocates and the modern pop-rock crowd.

Track Listing: Run For Your Life; Who Have You Been; Words; Unbreakable; Variations; Saving Your Heart; Gravity; Nothing's Good Enough.

Personnel: Gunslinger: DJ, mixes.

Title: Early Volumes 1 | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Blitz Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Whispers on the Wind CD/LP/Track Review Whispers on the Wind
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 23, 2017
Read Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman CD/LP/Track Review Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 23, 2017
Read Heptagon CD/LP/Track Review Heptagon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 23, 2017
Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read "Imaginist" CD/LP/Track Review Imaginist
by Mike Jacobs
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "The Twilight Fall" CD/LP/Track Review The Twilight Fall
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 9, 2017
Read "Seven Secrets" CD/LP/Track Review Seven Secrets
by John Kelman
Published: May 26, 2017
Read "The Invariant" CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Possessed" CD/LP/Track Review Possessed
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 2, 2017
Read "How to Build a City" CD/LP/Track Review How to Build a City
by Jim Olin
Published: January 1, 2017

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT!  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.