BILL MACKAY – ” Fountain Fire “

Posted: February 17, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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In and out of focus in a hallucinogenic haze, Bill’s conversations with himself follow a travel-worn map copied over and over again. The picker journeys sonically from familiar to unknown places, a style suspended between the traditional and the avant-garde, expansive and flowing like boiled-over magma. Bill MacKay is a Chicago based guitarist-composer-improviser. He has energized experimental folk, rock, and avant-garde scenes with his radiant songs, and creative and unpredictable approach to the guitar.

Smoke signals, sirens, urgent messages Bill MacKay‘s six-string mastery pulses like a sun with (Sandy) Bull-ish psycho fusions on Fountain Fire, his second solo album for Drag City. The fire in the album title is a continuity in Bill’s life – part of his genealogy, his living history, his astrology and the scorching effect of the over-driven slide throughout the album! Bill melds slide, acoustic and distorted electric tones on Fountain Fire to explore the enigma at the end of a continent, civilizations that precede others, and how we all end up the same. MacKay also throws another element into play: a stark and emotionally-charged vocal number that causes the hair to raise on the listener’s neck with a haunting and eerie beauty. This number, “Try It On,” shows Bill has found a broader plane of expression than he’s ever revealed before, his voice expanding his songwriting into uncharted zones and territories

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releases March 22nd, 2019

Written, performed and produced by Bill MacKay 
Instruments: guitar, bass, piano, voice, percussion, organ, glass slide, requinto

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