Lonesome Highway ~ Declan Culliton
Stunningly atmospheric and technically superb Divide Avenue is an eight track instrumental album by Minneapolis based guitarist and composer Thomas Nordlund.
The album pays homage to the expansive landscapes of Baja, Mexico and was recorded live at The Hideaway in Minneapolis. The lead instrument is Nordlund’s electric baritone guitar and includes the input of six other musicians who contributed 6 string guitar, trumpet, flugelhorn, wurlitzer, Rhodes, piano, bass and drums.
The result is quite stunning with the open desert and burning sun imagery being evoked not by a mariachi musical expression, as might be expected, but by an intoxicating jazzy sound which often revisits some of the jazz rock guitarists so popular of the 70’s such as Al Di Meola and Larry Coryell.
Instrumental albums can often be difficult listens and Nordlund’s debut album is no exception. They generally suit a certain mood and require more than couple of listens to digest. Divide Avenue is no exception but on repeated listens reveals itself as a wonderful body of work which would certainly work well as a film soundtrack.