Development – Antoine Dufour

Antoine Dufour is an artist I came across on Youtube, while searching for video of fellow acoustic finger style guitarist Don Ross. Suffice to say that the artistry & melody of Dufour has, with  recent CDs of original material that were released to critical acclaim, along with appearances and awards at major festivals, built a reputation for innovation and creativity. Dufour was born in the little town of l’Epiphane, near Montreal. He started playing guitar at the age of 15. He studied at the CEGEP of Joliette, where his teacher made him listen to Leo Kottke, Don Ross and Michael Hedges. His life and his vision of the guitar changed, and since then he has been completely devoted to fingerstyle steel string guitar. His musical style is a mix of the powerful rhythms of rock, the sensibility of classical music, a funky groove, and a pure folk melody. Development, his second solo cd on Candyrat Records, is a continuation of the journey he started with his first solo cd, Naissance.

The atmospheric ringing drone sound that he is famous for is apparent from the very first song, Development. The cd is a mostly a solo affair with the exception of two duets with friend and fiddle player Tommy Gauthier, the first of which is Spiritual Groove. Trust when I tell you this, that despite the excellent fiddle work by Gautheir on the cd track, the recording that Dufour does solo (available on Youtube) is far better.  Vibe rascal dvd is next andjust like it’s title, it really does set a vibe. Melancolie du Changement is another lovely tune that reminds you of home, family, friends & loved ones.

Edge Of Light reminds me a bit of Indian classical music, like sitar or sarod, and it’s melifuous & dreamy. Passage is the second track with Gautier and it’s a far away look at the distance one has travelled. Memories Of The Future, our featured track, is a gentle ballad that evokes plenty of emotions. It reminds me of a river flowing in the forest. A lot more lighter in feel is Wapus – I have no idea what it means but it’s joyful all the same with a jazzy feel to the track.

Inspirations is up next and is probably the weakest track on the album. Funky Tonk Guitar Trio is a great track, uptempo and foot tapping and he does a wonderful work with the tune, making the guitar sound like a sitar in places. We close of the album with Oh Yeah!, slowedr and more bluesier. It’s a fitting end to a wonderful guitar instrumental album. Go get it guys! In the meantime, enjoy Memories Of The Future.

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