Mark McGuire's epic jukebox: 3 albums that influenced the artist

Ohio experimental musician Mark McGuire celebrates his solo debut and picks out-there discs that have shaped his craft

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Both as a longtime member of influential ambient trio Emeralds and as a solo artist, guitarist Mark McGuire is a seasoned hand at transporting listeners via sound alone. He describes his third LP, Along the Way, due Tuesday February 4 from Dead Oceans, as “an odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind.” In advance of a Friday January 31 release gig, we asked McGuire to map out some of his own favorite musical journeys.

Popol Vuh, Einsjäger und Siebenjäger (1974)

“The title track takes you to places you don’t expect, while maintaining a consistent arc.”

Dawn Richard, Goldenheart (2013)

“Incredibly proggy and brilliant record, telling a story of personal retribution and ascension.”

Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi (1983)

 “The music plus the film is the absolute ultimate journey of all time. Hold on to your butts!”


Mark McGuire plays Baby’s All Right Friday January 31.


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