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New York, NY 10026
Can techno-bebop-metal-fired instrumentals co-exist with vocal tunes inspired by the madcap geniuses of ‘60s pop? What if you added ambient soundtracks a la Morricone/Fripp and clavinet-singed funky blues from the P-Funk playbook? Top it off with acoustic ballads where smiley melodies camouflage bitter lyricism about broken love, often rendered in off-beat tunings, and you sorta begin to complete the recipe. They can and do on Sketches of Spam, (available at www.reverbnation.com/spaghettieasternmusic) the 16-track, 69-minute, genre-surfing debut release from Spaghetti Eastern Music (Bad Egg Records, 30003), the solo project of New York-based guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Sal Cataldi.
Cataldi fuses Eastern beat, blues, techno and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with gentle acoustic vocal tunes and looping, straight out of the John Martyn/Nick Drake songbook.
The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own,” while Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “a wild ride” by WDST Radio Woodstock, “triumphantly funkified” by UPI “beautiful and unique” by WFUV’s Mixed Bag and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel.
Just a quick little heads up on gig coming for Spaghetti Eastern Music in NYC in April/May in NYC:
April 20 @ 8 pm – Wayward Social – 35 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn NY
May 19 @ 2pm – Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Gallery (BWAC) at Pedals & Looper Festival – Solo experiement 499 Van Brunt St, Red Hook, Brooklyn
May 24 @ 7 pm – Sidewalk NYC – 94 Avenue A