Not sure what you had accomplished musically by the time you hit 20 years of age, but I’m fairly certain Hayden Pedigo has you beat. But hey, age is just a number, right? What counts here is that the Amarillo, TX-based guitarist has just put out his star-studded sophomore LP, Five Steps, and it is a pretty wonderful collection.
The first side consists mostly of duets with Pedigo’s Takoma School/American Primitive elders, including Mark Fosson, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Danny Paul Grody and Chuck Johnson. The vibe is casual and there is lovely instrumental interplay throughout; even though much of the recording was done long-distance, it’s easy to imagine the musicians trading licks from across a room. Side 2 is something else altogether, though it keeps the collaborative momentum rolling. For “Dream Theory,” Pedigo draws on the talents of some post-punk/experimental heavy hitters, including This Heat’s Charles Hayward, avant-guitarist extraordinaire Fred Frith and Faust co-founder Werner Zappi Diermaier. The four-part suite is an absorbing, oddly hypnotic, and yeah, dreamy composition. Hayden has some seriously eclectic, ambitious sounds at his fingertips, making you wonder what else the dude has up his sleeve. Whatever it is, it’s sure to be a fun ride. words / t wilcox