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Ghost Canyon

Title - Cats íNí Strats
Artist - FS3

For those not in the know, Joe Doblhofer is a Linz/Austrian based guitar player with musical roots in both European Classical and American Blues and Rock music, fused with a deep dedication to Jazz and other related forms of improvisational and interactive music.

Being born into a musical family he experienced education in classical music from an early age on, taking his first steps into making music with the violin. It was not until the age of 14 when he first discovered the electric guitar as his means of expression, and with it a musical culture diametrically opposed to the one he had been exposed to so far.

While first being fascinated by the rawness and power of guitar based music he later discovered the limitless possibilities of the guitar in terms of creating a distinct musical language by combining its dynamic and expressional abilities with the offerings that an academic approach to music theory and composition were able to contribute.

It is this dialectic between savageness and sophistication that has been driving his musical journey ever since, resulting in his long time engagement with German Jazz-Metal act Panzerballett as well as his own trio project FS3, who have just released their debut album Cats íNí Strats, a well balanced mix of composition and improvisation, stylistically drawing from both traditions in Jazz and Blues as well as conceptional approaches found in contemporary classical music.

1. Necessary Evil
2. Hustle & Slo
3. Soldersniffer Blues
4. Lonny & Blue
5. (Ballad of The) Blue Genes
6. Tech Republich
7. Black Sheep Waltz
8. LN (feat. Jan Zehrfeld)
9. Lost In The Shuffle
10. Ragdoll Boogie

This vibrantly eclectic, wholly ambient, and genuinely heartfelt new album opens on the, at first, quiet roll and then exploding rhythms of the soaring Necessary Evil which leads us neatly into the energetic orchestrations of Hustle & Slo and then comes the laid back groove of Soldersniffer Blues, the lowdown and funky Lonny & Blue, and then we get the ornate balladry of (Ballad of The) Blue Genes.

Some righteously funky grooves are back on the gently frenetic Tech Republic and they themselves are followed by the sweepingly organic melodies within Black Sheep Waltz, the drum-led dips and twirls of LN (featuring Jan Zehrfeld), the album rounding out on the harder edged blues of Lost In The Shuffle, coming to a close on the, at times, Aerosmith-imbibed blues-jazz-rocker Ragdoll Boogie.

FS3 - Cats íNí Strats [Album Teaser]

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