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Here's the deal, astral plane addicts: as bottomless as Mark McGuire's back catalog is, the Emeralds guitarist considers Living With Yourself his first official solo album. Not just because Peter Rehberg's label (Editions Mego) gave it a proper CD/LP pressing; the record's also deeply personal, right down to its slide-show sleeve and prismatic meditations on the persistence of memory. As McGuire's color-wheel chords fade in and out of every shaky, sepia-toned frame, we're essentially taken on a tour of his subconscious, from the home video collages that bookend "The Vast Structure of Recollection" and "Brothers (For Matt)" to the sudden bursts of blissful feedback in "Brain Storm (For Erin)" and "Clear the Cobwebs." Much less experimental than Emeralds and much more hopeful than its title suggests, Living With Yourself is sentimental but never sappy. As McGuire's proven in the past, it's all about the art of letting go.


Born: December 31, 1986 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Prolific experimental musician Mark McGuire makes ambient collages while working under a variety of names, including Sun Watcher and Peoples Parties, and side by side with Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never as Skyramps. The former member of droney Cleveland trio Emeralds used a four-track along with his loop pedals for 2009's Losing Sleep, which combined synthesizer and television samples with layers of delayed guitar arpeggios. The same year also saw him release literally dozens of limited-edition...
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