Joshua Slamp
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Joshua Slamp

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""Can I get away with calling it a slamp-dunk?""

Another self-written, self-titled, self-played and self-produced CD. Except this one has the notable distinction on being very, very good. Can I get away with calling it a slamp-dunk?

Joshua Slamp has created an eclectic mix of songs, about half of them instrumental, with a lush diversity. Acoustic guitar is prominently featured, but electric is represented as well as some nicely placed violin. Slamp describes some of these instrumentals as mere “noodling,” but he’s selling himself short. Several are distinctive jazz-flavored pieces, each executed with great precision. “Take a Hike” stands out here, not just for the beautifully swelling organ notes but for the George Benson-like electric guitar riffs. There is an understated masculinity to this music, despite its exquisite tenderness. Maybe it’s the deep Lou Reed vocals, but I think it goes deeper than that, to the actual structures of these unique songs.

The spooky pacing of “Letting Go” sets a mood for the project, and the stark beauty of “One Memphis Night” confirms it. Most of the songs time out at around three minutes, and there is a well-constructed flow to the CD, the instrumentals placed perfectly within the framework. “Irvington” stands out for its happy little melody, and the layered guitar work of “Diestro” closes things out nicely with its tight groove. An impressive debut.
- Kevan Breitinger of


Solo "Sketches" - 2008
SlampSquatch "Creature Feature" EP - 2007
Solo Debut "Self-Titled" - 2005
Fetish Kings "Sex Sells" - 2003



"Loop-based Improvisation"

Upon first listen, one might think the sounds that emanate from this lone guitarist must be coming from a prerecorded tape or CD. How could a soloist create such lush layers with just a guitar? Simple, just watch his feet. Equipped with two real-time loop pedals and his trusty guitar-synth, Joshua performs, then captures the song's rhythmic structure, which creates the foundation for his improvisational texturing. Orchestrating sounds from bass to Hammond B3 to vibraphones, it gives his audience the sense of a full ensemble; there's never a dull moment. Joshua has redefined the meaning of "soloist".