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Johannes Luley (Moth Vellum/Perfect Beings) releases stunning new album QITARA.

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Johannes Luley (Moth Vellum/Perfect Beings) releases stunning new album QITARA.

“QITARA” reunites Moth Vellum founding members.
Ryan Downe joins Perfect Beings guitarist Johannes Luley on his new album “QITARA”, released worldwide on September 15th through My Sonic Temple. 10 years after the release of legendary prog band Moth Vellum’s only album, fans are still writing in to request a reunion. “QITARA” is the closest thing to date, as it brings together vocalist/bassist Ryan Downe and guitarist Johannes Luley. With his current band Perfect Beings, Luley has over the past few years cemented his reputation as a rising star of the US prog-scene.

“QITARA”, his second solo effort, takes a sharp turn towards Jazz-Rock, one of the styles of music he grew up with. On this new album he shines once again as an innovative guitarist and producer. Elton John protégé Ryan Downe co-wrote the track “Sister Six”, an homage to the guitar. The title indicates that the same can be said for the record as a whole.

Asides from Downe, “QITARA” features an impressive list of additional guest players:
Katisse Buckingham (Herbie Hancock, Andy Summers, Prince)
Otmaro Ruiz (Jon Anderson, John McLaughlin, Arturo Sandoval, Gino Vanelli)
Michael Hunter (Tom Petty, Stanley Clarke, Lenny Kravitz)
Scott Kinsey (Joe Zawinul, Robben Ford)

The eleven songs on QITARA are sure to please Moth Vellum and Perfect Beings fans alike, plus the album will likely convince a few hold-outs, that the thread throughout Johannes Luley’s works is defined by excellence in performance and production. It can be best appreciated in the FLAC-HD format (96KHz/24bit audiofile quality), but the album is also available as a hardcopy Digipak CD, MP3 download or on most of the popular streaming services.

Fred Beaulieu wrote on Facebook:
“Absolutely stunning. Restlessly innovative, aggressive in the exploration of new sonic possibilities, and always anchored by strong melodic backbones. The musicianship on this album is out of this world, and the songwriting is top notch. Fluid open arrangements give everyone a chance to shine.”

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