Friday, November 7, 2014

Amser release definitive LP 'Amserau'

The Welsh band known as Amser have released their definitive LP record, “Amserau.” The record is composed of 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes. It has been released on the Bricsan independent record label. An album bespeaking the spirit of Wales, herself while also giving nods to such genres as folk, jazz, classical, contemporary adult and even rock music, “Amserau” by Amser is top-shelf instrumental guitar music for fans of any of the above, and much more.

“Amserau” by Amser (Welsh for “Times” and Time, respectively) comes on the heels of the popular band's previous LP release, “Crochan,” which continues to turn heads in the UK, and which has been garnering appreciation worldwide in the mere four-plus weeks for which it has been available online.

The sheer quality of the guitar work on “Amserau” clearly evidences Amser to be one of the most masterful group of composers and performers of original guitar music recording today. Their knack for writing songs intuitively guided by the traditional Celtic sound is polished all the more brilliantly by their inclusion of outside influences. Said influences are widely varied and emerge in remarkable ways which are sometimes subtle and occasionally overt. They include the baroque, folk, blues, jazz, Latin, and classical categories of music, as well as a good many others.

Amser are currently a trio comprising guitar virtuosos Dave Stephen and frequent co-writer Gareth Moriarty, backed by the steady and solid percussion of Gareth Hughes. Amser founder Stephen has been playing guitar for more than four decades. He has worked as the the musical director of a theatre company, toured and run various musical line-ups, taught music, and worked as a session musician. He has composed and over a hundred published music titles.

“Amser plays for the joy of playing,” says Stephen.

“Amserau” by Amser is available online worldwide. Fans of folk, classical, and Celtic music should get in early.

[Additional notes provided by Dave Stephen himself regarding the material on “Amserau” are provided below]

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

Amserau” by Amser –


Central American rhythms and a relaxed mood to this piece written by Dave and Gareth.
Recorded live.

2) Dance of the Stout Yeoman
Written by Dave, this semi-baroque piece speaks for itself. The dainty- footed, overweight yeoman pants his way through this delicate dance, handling the time signature changes with ease.
Recorded live.

3) Reggie Rhino
A co-operative piece by Gareth, Moriarty Dave and Gareth Hughes this tongue in cheek piece lopes along with a loose jazz/ reggae feel.

4) Slap n Dash
A tinge of the blues in this jazzy track.

5) Saddle Sore
This musical joke was written by Dave and celebrates the long-distance horse rider and the piles of pain at the bottom of such a journey.

6) Rage and Sorrow
This was spontaneously composed by the band based on an original theme of Dave’s, filled with rage and sorrow. The explosion and the aftermath.

7) and when I fall
This gentle Latin inspired tune was written by Dave. It has a slightly melancholy and introspective feel.

8) Derby Ram
This English folk tune gets a thorough working over in the distinctive cross-play of Dave and Gareth’s guitar playing.

9) Cawodau
This beautiful gentle and relaxed piece started as a Gareth Moriarty idea. Cawodau, Welsh for 'showers’ evokes the billowy summer showers in the valleys of Eryri.

10) Luck of the Irish
The fantastic main tune was written by Del Puckett. Dave and Gareth gave it the Amser treatment and wrote a tail-piece.

Del contacted them to say that what they has done was perfect. Enough said!

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