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Merrell Fankhauser – Signals From Malibu/Message From The Dome (2014) review

October 28, 2014

Merrell Fankhauser – Signals From Malibu/Message From The Dome (2014) review

Merrell Fankhauser “Signals From Malibu”
/”Message From The Dome” (Ocean Records 2014)
A series of UFO sightings have been reported off the coast
of Malibu, California, prompting belief an underwater base inhabited by an
otherworldly species exists. Enigmatic signals have even been picked up and
conveyed to tape. The New York Center For Extraterrestial Research sent some of
these recordings to Merrell Fankhauser, who is a serious scholar of UFOs. The
legendary singer, songwriter, guitarist, and 2011 Grammy Nominee was so stoked
by what he heard that he added the signals to this great single, serving as
perhaps the first collaboration between a human and what we deem aliens.
Both tracks are instrumentals, with “Signals From
Malibu” rolling and strolling with slinky and swanky tempos. An inspiring
interaction of slightly-buttered blues tones and stimulating surf rock riffs
converge in perfect unison with the mysterious beeping sounds that give the
piece a real “Twilight Zone” aura. Equally outstanding is “Message
From The Dome,” which favors an orchestral stance. Elegant piano work,
tethered to a symphonic production and Merrell’s melodic guitar mastery, not to
mention those strange and buzzing signals, provide the cut with shade upon
shade of beauty and agility. A sense of serenity washes over these sonically
gorgeous instrumentals, employing the impression that whoever or whatever is
behind the signals comes in peace. Word has it that a full-length CD of
“Signals From Malibu” will be available shortly, which is certainly
good news. Should the beings responsible for the signals get wind of Merrell’s
project, I am sure they would approve. Merrell’s creations are always immensely
heartfelt and creative, and “Signals From Malibu”/”Message From
The Dome” catches him once again pushing barriers and enjoying himself
while doing so.
Review made by Beverly Paterson/2014
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