Boomkat Product Review:
Based out of Vancouver, Canadian bowed guitar player and trumpeter C. Diab creates music that conjures the beauty of the landscapes and awe-inspiring wilderness of his childhood home in the Vancouver Island town of Port Hardy.
"Having gained critical acclaim with the release of his debut album 'No Perfect Wave' (2016) and his collaborative works with Ian William Craig (FatCat / 130701 Records), C. Diab presents his sophomore album 'Exit Rumination', on Injazero Records.
'Exit Rumination' is a deeply personal record, and was composed during a particularly challenging time for its creator. Diab says of the process; "it became a deep sonic exorcism which took on its own face during the recording process. The final product can be understood as various stages of a path towards acceptance, and the struggle to maintain sanity in the face of life's most unforgiving themes, love and death."
'Exit Rumination' is packed with the skilful guitar and trumpet playing and tape manipulation that made 'No Perfect Wave' so special but comes from a darker, more devastating place. It is a hypnotic, meditative, mesmerising affair which immerses the listener even deeper in his universe.
Opening with the haunting harmonic guitar pinches of 'The Green Plain Pt.1', 'Exit Rumination' immediately transposes the setting and mood of the record over the listener; before the sombre bowed melody takes hold and swallows the track whole. On 'Postdrome' there are also forays into more contemporary ambience with C. Diab's virtuosic guitar loops mimicking the sort of synth work that brings to mind Tim Hecker or Richard Skelton alongside mournful troubadour tinged passages of glacial, slow-motion textures; here is the soul-bearing and intimate tenderness portrayed through C. Diab's instrumentation, that temporarily touches on Arthur Russell or Robbie Basho's deep American folk stylings.”