Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Planning to blow your mind, Gia Federico brings waves of blistering fretwork rolling out from her hometown of Boston with this new, diverse three track EP.
Having made her name on the circuit both as part of Infinite Sin and also as a solo artist, including her Devil In The Mist project, this tasty trio encompasses both the fiery and the delicate range of her playing in one fascinating shot.
Whilst she’s doubtless a very accomplished player, she rightly always keeps just a little back here, preferring to focus on a tune rather than the all-out fretboard flash that turns listening to some artists into a slog.
Throbbing bass fills the title track, over which Gia brings some very tasty and melodic moves, dipping into moments that rocket into the stratosphere in the same way that Joe Satriani displays so well.
It’s to her credit that not a note is wasted, her dexterity dazzling but she knows exactly when to hold back as ‘Reminiscing’ sweeps in with a delicate and soaring acoustic beauty.
Closer ‘Intricate Fusion’ leans into the more muscular side of her playing, her breath-taking dexterity fully on show as she mixes grit with some pleasing harmonic trills. Driven by some military style drumming, this is the heaviest of the tracks on display here but still holds back from the monster riffage she reserves for other projects.
The whole EP adds up to a great showcase and should shine a little more light onto the talent of
If the excess and seemingly endless meanderings of some guitarists leave you cold, Gia G brings the antidote to all that in an EP that has both form and flash. Well worth investigating.
Band links: https://www.facebook.com/SalinaFederico/
Label: Sliptrick Records https://sliptrickrecords.com