Mark McGuire – Along The Way
Hats off to Mark McGuire for two things. Firstly for vastly expanding his palette beyond his signature guitar loops into synthesized technicolour, and secondly for submitting this unashamedly heart-on-sleeve new-age concept album to the mercy of critics and listeners around the world. It’s not perfect – the new age mysticism is a little saccharine and he hasn’t transferred the subtlety of his guitar playing to his use of a drum machine – but in ambition and scope it had few equals. As a stepping stone in his development as an artist, it feels key.