George Karpasitis is a composer, producer and guitarist based in Los Angeles, California. He released Sounds of Mar Vista EP. The album revolves around classical guitar, atmosphere and a good amount of emotion.
“Ruzafa” is the opener and showcases some beautiful, classical guitar playing. The playing style harks back to a number of old roots. You can hear some Portuguese influence in the spirit of a band like Madredeus as well as Mediterranean influence.
“Amiga Luna” is a slow burn. There is a lot of romance and beauty in the way it’s played. It feels clear and defined with subtleties and details really being the reason the song feels so heartfelt. You are greeted with a waltz on “The Witch's Tango” which sounds exactly like the title. It’s haunting yet playful in some ways with a pinch of danger.
Next up is “Journey” which is another song that sounds like the title. The song sheds some of the more haunting qualities on the earlier songs. It has a rolling, pensive quality but not overly heady and melodramatic.
“Sunset Blues” does have some blues influence it to that was more obvious to me. Karpasitis goes between lightly strumming chords and utilizing swift fills to provide the song with an uplifting energy. Last up is perhaps the most overtly beautiful song entitled “Ocean Song.“ It’s bright and warm with some slight moments of dissonance so it never feels too saccharine. The song gets a little bluesy as it unfolds and reminded me somewhat of William Tyler. Towards the end of the song it drips with comforting nostalgia that leaves a sense of tranquility.
Sounds of Mar Vista is an EP showcasing an artist who understands how dynamic and emotionally expansive a single instrument can be. It is this reason that Sounds of Mar Vista will keep you engaged from beginning to end.
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