No Perfect Wave

by C. Diab

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muellermj76 This is just incredible. Memory as Mist is one of the most moving pieces of music I've heard. It just floored me. Waves of harmonic drone; echo and counterpoint. Sublime resonances.

I love it when music seems to enhance who I am just by hearing it. This does that. It fills you up. It's milk and honey in aural form.

Music like this reminds me why I love music so much, and why it matters so much. Inspiring, life-affirming stuff. Favorite track: Memory as Mist.
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steve_adams Soundscapes with beautiful contours and features. Put it on the stereo and just listen, read a book, clean, whatever. It's there and welcome. It transforms the mood and setting of a space in a way most music can't.
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“Patient, hauntingly beautiful music...”

“Mesmerizing, meditative drone-raag...”
Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3

“Emotionally devastating...nothing short of extraordinary.”
Disorder Magazine

A resident of the spectacular wilderness of Canadian island town Port Hardy (located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island), solo bowed guitar player / trumpet player / tape manipulator C. Diab creates in his music something comparable to the remote and otherworldly beauty of his surroundings.

However, there is a lack of clear musical references to his LP No Perfect Wave. In its singularity and intersection of niche geographies - both musical and physical - the record lands only momentarily on comparison points. Listeners of Colin Stetson, for example, will enjoy C. Diab’s virtuosic instrumental technique; fans of Tim Hecker and Richard Skelton will find interest in the glacial slow-motion textures; here is a soul-bearing and intimate tenderness in the same way as Arthur Russell; John Fahey and Robbie Basho scholars will appreciate his nods to the dark underworld of North American folk music. But, as with the best records, the result is much greater than these parts. The truth more distinctive and mystical than the evocations.

This is partly due to C. Diab’s playing style. He describes his work as ‘Cascadian guitar music’. Where Appalachian Guitar Music has a well-known musical identity, C. Diab’s elegant cello-bowed guitar compositions have a quality just as rare and powerful, captured with meditative and swooping grace on No Perfect Wave. As longing and expressive as solo cello, droning as leftfield ambient music, moving as film score and cathartic as religious song. He names the style in reference to the biogeographical (but not political) territory of the Cascade mountain region (Northwestern USA / Southwestern Canada), which is - just as C. Diab’s music - mountainous, moody, mesmeric, and filled with breathtaking majesty.

Covert art by Mark Bakema.


released October 7, 2016



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