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Boston’s own Doug Wartman has used former bands Dirty Dishes and King Orchid as vehicles of expression in the past, but his solo output over the past year has been the first time his meditations have been translated in solely an instrumental way. He makes the most of this opportunity on “Deep Breath,” which allows him to snake through different movements, from serene and ambient, to ominous and predatory, rather than blend into the background. While it may serve to entertain a very particular audience, one that values instrumental music, it does not manifest itself as a pile of noodles, but rather a neatly composed package of shades and dreams, all produced on a single guitar.