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Review in Akustik Gitarre

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Fine review by Stefan Woldach in one of my favorite publications:

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Really nice review from AmericanaUK

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

“Waitsian vocals and melodious guitar

‘Harvester’ opens A. P. Meister’s latest offering, ‘Above and Below’. It is a melodic, guitar picking number with drawling, deep vocals which set up the tone of the whole album. Meister is a singer/songwriter who has previously explored a myriad of musical styles but has settled on this bluesy/folk genre which was a love of his from his early years. Lyrically dark and mysterious, he explores his music through guitar, picking and strumming and creating a gentle, restrained sometimes sombre, atmosphere of the smoky bar room of yesteryear.”

Read the whole review on AmericanaUK here!

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

“A.P. Meister’s deep and somewhat rough voice evokes comparisons to Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and his songs, too, occupy roughly the same musical territory as those of these two greats.” Rootstime!

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Friday, March 16th, 2012

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After a couple of silent – but not idle – months, it’s time to start playing out again. First out is Café Hängmattan, Stockholm on April 14th.
Recorded three new songs for my next cd (hopefully out this year) during this time, “High & Low”, “The Turning Of The Tides”, “Last Of The Hobos” and will be going back into the studio again soon. Too many songs! Selecting the ones that are to go on the album will be hell…

Efter vinterdvalan är det dags att börja spela ute igen, med början på Café Hängmattan, Stockholm, den 14 april.
Har dock inte varit overksam. Spelade in tre nya låtar (se ovan) för ett tag sen och snart är det dags för några till.
Med lite tur etc. kommer en ny cd i år…

Article in “Akustik Gitarre”

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

“Besides blues and ragtime, Meisters songs stand in the tradition of fine fingerstyle folk tunes in the vein of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt. The lyrics draw their inspiration from authors like T. S. Eliot and Jack Kerouac.”

Read the whole article by Stefan Woldach aptly titled “Blues, Bleibendes und Stacheldraht” featured in the “New Scene”-section of German magazine “Akustik Gitarre” (just click on the magazine name below):

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Review: Real Roots Café

Friday, March 5th, 2010

“For over 60 minutes this man brings us his own version of the blues. (…) In my opinion Meister has made an unusual CD that certainly doesn’t follow any well-trodden paths. For those who love dark-edged acoustic music.”

Read the whole review by Fred Schmale in Dutch at Real Roots Café here (pdf) or click the Review link to the right!

Review: Rootstime

Monday, November 30th, 2009

“A. P. Meister doesn’t need much more than his rough deep voice and an acoustic guitar to convince us. Few people come so close to the sombre greatness of Tom Waits when it comes to composition and atmosphere. But he is more than that. You’ll get great pleasure from this album in front of the fireplace these chilly autumn days, in fact, the whole album is like a warm bluesy rootsy embrace.”

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Read the whole review by Blowfish in Dutch on Rootstime here (or click the Review link to the right) or go to the Press section on my website for a translation into English!

Review: Folker

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

“Musically, A. P. Meister presents himself as a folk musician in “Beggars and Kings” or “Sycamore Street”, delivers acoustic blues in “The Company of Snakes” and conjures up a sometimes desolate, sometimes morbidly dreamlike atmosphere in songs like “Nightsong” or “Wonderland. “Slow Burn”, with its distorted electric guitar and acoustic slide, and also the melancholy “Lost At Sea” are grandiose, simple and expressive at the same time (…) The right music for night-time drives through rain and fog, “idle” Sunday afternoons or staying up all night out on the porch.”

Read the whole review by Achim Hennes in German on Folker here (or click the Review link to the right)!

Review: Lira

Friday, September 18th, 2009

“Singer/songwriter. Man kan ta den lätta vägen, man kan ta den svåra, eller så traskar man bara rakt ut i skogen utan att se sig om. Det är det som är så sympatiskt med den här forne Fat City Blues-gitarristens solodebut; han följer inga förutbestämda stigar.
Om musiken kan sägas vingla runt i folk-, singer/songwriter- och rentav countrykvarter ligger bluesen alltid vibrerande strax därunder. Som grundton, inte som lag. Och han ger sig lika gärna ut i drömska, nästan psykedeliska landskap.
Det är suggestivt och förbaskat vackert. Trots att mörka moln tornar upp i horisonten och trots att den ruffiga rösten, som inte tycks ha upplevt dagsljus på ett tag, mässar texter mättade med poesi och pessimism. Tacksamt nog lättas det upp av slirigt luftiga slideslingor och sommarspröd akustik. Det är som att gå vilse i den där täta skogen men hitta en ljus glänta.
Det är mycket gitarr, men aldrig bara för sakens skull. Aldrig i något ekvilibristiskt försök att skriva någon på näsan. Nog för att han vet hur man fingerplockar en sexsträngad låda – Meister har säkert studerat mästarna – men han låter tekniken bli ett redskap, ett hjälpmedel för något större. Jag är glad att jag fått skymta det.”

Johan Kronquist/Lira Musikmagasin

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And in English…

Singer/songwriter. You can take the easy way, you can take the hard way, or you can just walk straight out into the woods without looking back. That’s what’s so appealing about this former Fat City Blues guitarist’s solo debut: he doesn’t follow any well-trodden paths.
Though the music might be said to straddle the lines between folk-, singer/songwriter and even country influences, the blues is always there like a vibration just beneath the surface. Like a basic tone, not some formal law. And he’s just as likely to head into dreamlike, almost psychedelic landscapes.
It’s evocative and damn beautiful. Even though dark clouds are on the horizon and even though the rough voice – which doesn’t seem to have seen daylight in a while – delivers lyrics saturated with poetry and pessimism. Thankfully things are lightened up by slippery airy slide-parts and a delicate acoustic sound. It’s like getting lost in that dense forest and suddenly seeing the light of a clearing.
There is a lot of guitar, but never just for the sake of it. Never in any equilibristic attempt to ram anything down anybody’s throat. He certainly knows how to pick a box with strings on it – Meister has probably studied the masters – but he uses technique as a tool, as a means to achieve something bigger. I’m glad I got a glimpse of it.”

Johan Kronquist, Lira Musikmagasin

If you want to read the review online at Lira, click here (or click the Review link to the right)

Review: Americana UK

Monday, August 31st, 2009

“This may be the closest you are going to get to hearing Tom Waits singing along to John Fahey. Meister manages to capture the down-and-out abstract lyricism of Waits and Fahey’s exploration of the American folk tradition.”

Read the whole review by David Harry on Americana UK here!