"Stil Gazxing At The Moon" is the second album on the EverSound label by Australian guitarrist John Mills.
It presents new original compositions and it features also other instruments such as Violin, Viola, Bass guitars, Cello, Flutes and Percussion
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While John Mills’ guitar work on “Hallowed Moon” was sparingly complimented with some very light percussion and strings here and there, this winning format is expanded upon slightly with Still Gazing At The Moon. Lisa Harbor repeats her elegant touches as guest musician on violin and viola but this time around John adorns his compositions with light sprinkles of saxophone, flute, piccolo and tin whistle. The album opens with the bare essentials of “Wish” followed by the melancholy of “Left Counting The Stars” that include light string embellishments. In utter contrast, there is the optimistic and invigorating “Joy” with a most memorable melody that will leave a smile on your face and your worries and cares at the door. By this time Mills has you hooked and gently introduces a drop of saxophone to the title, which is a new texture and tone for this mild but inspiring artist. There is also the more percussion driven “Into The Blue” but once again Mills keeps the pastoral and passionate pulse perfectly balanced. Just prior to closing out the disc with the stark yet sweet “One Small Step”, Mills presents his listeners with his most adventurous composition to date entitled “Facing Into The Sun”. Clocking in close to eleven minutes, the song is divided into three parts. It is here where the additional nuances are the most obvious with the wind instrumentation being the most distinct. Mills even seeks assistance from Lisa Harbor on “Sunrise” Part 3 both as a musician and writer. “Still Gazing At The Moon” is an utter triumph that will leave you quietly howling at the moon.
I was very apprehensive about the follow up album to "Hallowed Moon” -one of my all-time favorite solo guitar albums- but I was not disappointed in the least when I listened to “Still Gazing At The moon”. Well done John, what an unassuming genius you are!