The rise of this virtuoso—whom many, myself included, see as the true heir to the Michael Hedges mantle—has been rather meteoric. Not only, within the short span of three CDs and two DVDs, has he enjoyed 22 million hits on YouTube but has also held seminars, workshops, and master classes for a very large audience of young musicians eager to absorb his philosophy and approach. Naturally, Antoine DuFour is a CandyRat lion and continues to typify the label's dedication to excellence and almost supernatural discernment.
This CD boasts eight of his own tunes and four by a few of his influences: Yes, Imogen Heap, The Police, and Coldplay. In tributizing them, he converts their work to his voice, making the CD seamlessly cohered. In the liner notes, though, DuFour gives away just how deeply progressive rock has entered into his materials, doffing the chapeau to Genesis and Gentle Giant as well...and anyone familiar with the stellar work of Gentle Giant knows precisely what that means. I caught the group live in the 70s, and they were the equal of any ensemble you'd care to name—Yes, King Crimson, Caravan, the Moody Blues—talented beyond belief. DuFour modifies the ensembles baroque approach in his own work, but Gentle Giant favored just such refrains as he constantly emits, oft enneagrammatically woven in complex acoustic waves.
Convergences is a tardy guitar lover's Valentine, a box of sonic truffles meant to delight and sate, In my own Rhythms being an excellent example, a song perpetually revolving around itself, contemplating internal possibilities while endlessly stretching and recontextualizing, rondo and seriality meeting in an Escher-ine grotto to play secret morph-games. The take on South Side of the Sky is shorter than I would have preferred, though DuFour imbues it with a sparkling atmosphere of pinging harmonics, creating a perfect interlude between Hide and Seek and the gorgeous So Little While Road. In point of fact, this CD is its own pageant of laidback impeccability, a skein of delicately wistful compositions and arrangements, eiderdown and arcadian promenades, music which reminds us that the more things change, the more they remain the same…but better.
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