A finely sculpted fantastically kind world comes into being on “Guardian Of Souls” – Song About Musicians Who Fill Our Skies With Magic Butterflies, reveling in the uncanny poetic delivery of Alex Genadinik. His voice portrays a sense of calm, for the peacefulness of the lyricism is undeniable. Full of tremendous color, the song has a quiet celebratory presence to it. Rooted in folk, there are elements of ancient music, fables, and more brought into the proceedings helping to give the work a rather timeless air about it, giving it stunning sweetness.
Vashti Bunyan considered poise and prose certainly influence much of his work. Akin to her output, his has a dreamy surrealistic air about it. The arrangement itself further highlights this demeanor. Going a little more on the contemporary side of things, Devendra Banhart’s influence can be felt, for Alex makes sure to keep things loose and unexpected. Little details matter a great deal and Alex trades in these subtle shades. Even further along the spectrum are some of Animal Collective’s early works, the things that brought classical and folk together in a myriad number of ways. With this hybrid of different artists from different era, Alex creates something that draws from the past while remaining firmly rooted in the present.
The guitar introduces the work with his voice following shortly thereafter. From there the song takes its time, unfurling slowly. Lines are delivered with sincerity, for every single word is balanced for maximum impact. He does not rush a thing rather embracing a pastoral bliss about the work, unhurried with its message. Verses here touch the very soul, as the exploration of the methods of musicians feels outright joyous. Over the course of the work Alex focuses on how much is unlocked through this vast exploration of sound and storytelling. Snippets of the sound gradually comes into place as well, for the work itself evolves in a living, breathing fashion. By allowing the time to seem dilated, there is an expansiveness to his messaging, one that truly awe-inspiring to behold. Evolution also means that the strum of the guitar becomes increasingly more expressive, for the final stretch of the work lets it all pour out into a vast burst of fiery passion.
Lovely and tender, Alex Genadinik offers thanks to those artists that liven up the vast spaces above with “Guardians Of Souls” – Song About Musicians Who Fill Our Skies With Magic Butterflies.