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Nir Felder: Putting Musical Storytelling Ahead of Chops

The 30-year-old guitarist talks like he plays, stacking rhythmic phrases that have a way of whirling back to where they began. Felder's recently released debut album, Golden Age (OKeh), moves in similar fashion. The first track opens with a sample of Bill Clinton saying, "Thank you very much"-a greeting or a farewell? Is this the beginning or the end? Sixty minutes later, like a clock, Golden Age closes full circle: The last chords reprise the first, this time with an overdub by Hillary Clinton ("There is one message…") that swirls to crescendo until Adlai Stevenson tolls, "The American Dream has ended."

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