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Andrew LaVogue’s “Cherry Valley Waltz.” Design by Alyson Peabody

Portland’s Andrew LaVogue solely wanted two guitars to make a wholly engrossing and beautiful instrumental album.

With “Cherry Valley Waltz,” launched Sept. 16, it’s as if LaVogue has invented his personal language that will probably be uniquely translated by each set of ears that hear it.

LaVogue stated that this album was his try at emulating a Midwestern summer season day.

“Most of the track titles and moods of the album is me attempting to precise what it was like rising up within the rural Midwest,” he stated.

It’s a tribute to that childhood and to himself as a baby.

“This album was actually about me writing songs I’ve at all times needed to put in writing and honoring my youthful self, younger Andrew who lived in Ohio at all times needed to put in writing music for a movie,” a aim he achieved with the track “Ode to R. Parker,” written for the documentary “Rick Parker, I’m Afraid” about Falmouth artist Rick Parker.

Initially from Leetonia, Ohio, LaVogue and his spouse, Kelsey, moved to Maine in 2015 and completely like it. “We now have gotten fortunate in each potential means since transferring to Maine,” stated LaVogue. “I don’t know what cosmic debt we paid to be so fortunate.”

Maybe then LaVogue is paying that debt ahead by gifting us Mainers, and anybody else who occurs upon it, along with his music.

The very first thing you’ll hear on the opening title monitor is birds chirping. Just a few seconds later, the track is awash within the sounds of LaVogue’s Guild acoustic guitar. It seems like an early spring day that’s unexpectedly heat and filled with a lot risk. There’s a soothing, rhythmic really feel to “Cherry Valley Waltz” that makes it the proper start line. LaVogue stated the track, which obtained its title from a park in his hometown known as Cherry Valley Coke Ovens, is supposed to really feel like “a child frolicking within the park.”

Andrew LaVogue. Picture by Sarah Violette

On “Candy and Easy,” LaVogue performs his Fender Stratocaster. There’s nothing fairly just like the sound of this electrical guitar being performed slowly and purposefully. It’s as if it’s saying, “I’ve obtained nothing to show however keep some time and hear.” “Candy and Easy” is hypnotic and but has a kindness to it. It’s listening to you as a lot as you’re listening to it. There’s a dialog happening throughout which my thoughts is ready to wander to many locations however is constantly anchored to each be aware and strum.

The opposite tracks on “Cherry Valley Waltz” are simply as fascinating. The acoustic “Keep in mind When” is a tapestry of intricate notes. On the Fender, “Fields of Wheat and Hay” builds upon itself in mesmerizing style.

I discover “Cherry Valley Waltz” to be a wholly impassioned recording. Phrases aren’t wanted. With an instrumental album like this one, the listener could be emotionally multi-tasking.

In my case, listening to “Cherry Valley Waltz” gave me a way of awe for what LaVogue had created. But it surely additionally obtained entwined within the emotions of grief round shedding my mom in Might. At one level, I needed to take my headphones off and sob at my desk. However that’s OK. That’s one of many many presents of music, it’s a sanctuary that at all times has your again. “Cherry Valley Waltz” is such a spot.

Head to LaVogue’s Bandcamp web page to go there your self: andrewlavogue.bandcamp.abum/cherry-valley-waltz.

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