Allan J. Kimmel is an American/French solo electric guitarist based in Paris France. He plays alternative ambient and neo-folk/psychedelic music with bossa nova, Middle Eastern, & American blues underpinnings. His eleventh album, Walking On Earth, is his second on the Somewherecold Records label. It is his first project that incorporates keyboards along with guitars among the tracks. The album, Walking On Earth, was conceived as a journey across a troubled planet, opening with a departure and ending with an arrival. The album was recorded primarily with two guitars (vintage Fender Stratocaster and Gretsch Electromatic G5422G 12-string), Yamaha YPT-370 digital keyboard, looper pedals, and G1X4 Zoom and Boss GT-1 multi-effects pedals, through a vintage Epiphone Triggerman 60dsp amplifier.
Kimmel began his musical career following his retirement from academia, where he worked as a professor of marketing, consumer behavior, and social psychology at a grande ecole of commerce in Paris. He chose to record under the name ‘Departure Street’ as a nod to the Agnes Varda film Cleo de 5 à 7 and its references to rue de Depart in Paris. He has played the guitar since the age of 13, wrote music reviews for an underground newspaper in his hometown of Baltimore (USA) in his teens, and played in several rock and blues bands during the 1970s before embarking on his academic career. According to one reviewer (Record Crates United), ‘Kimmel takes his unique brand of psychedelic loner-folk, and stirs in elements of reverb-heavy ambient music, cosmic American primitivism and even some Middle Eastern folk traditions. The resulting brew is a heady yet mellow mix that glides along with a pleasant ease.’
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