“The Scepticle Testicle”. This is a shining recording of pure guitar genius. I truly believe that if this record came out in the 1980s, Simon would be on top of the rock world, because he puts on a clinic of musical categorization.
With a lot of guitar records, you end up getting just one style, but Matt Simon’s genius goes through all different styles of music here. He plays on metal, jazz, funk, and fusion. With serious attention to the elements, you are going to get a ton of great instrumental sounds here. I have to stress the fact that this is a full band recording, and not just a dude playing guitar in his living room. The production value is very high, and the instrumentation is incredible. You get more than just a wailing guitar, you’re getting some very detailed picking, riffing, leads, and follow through. For those that play guitar, you’ll pick out what he’s doing, and for the rest of us, it pummels you with excellent sound design. There’s nothing left to the imagination but to imagine your favorite guitar player accompanying the pieces, because Simon is on a level all his own.
Through the 27 minutes of musical landscape, you are given examples of everything you could possibly want in music. Stand out tracks include “Sack Attack”, “Lush”, “Midnight Gooch Marinade”, and “Rubiks Pube”, but you are going to be hard-pressed not to listen to this one whole. It’s another “whole” record that you need to pay attention to as a whole. It’s an incredible example of musical ingenuity. I love it, you’ll love it, if you just listen. Check out more about Matt Simon, this release, and more, by visiting his official website here.