Boomkat Product Review:
Stunning, textured ambient string compositions by a striking new artist. Recorded and mixed by Ian William Craig. Released on Injazero Records, a new label from ex-FatCat staff
C. Diab’s masterful debut album of bowed strings, tape manipulation and keening brass is likely as close as you’ll come to Colin Stetson messing around with Arthur Russell and Robbie Basho right now or in the foreseeable.
Wrenching arresting levels of pathos from his instruments, the Canadian artist expresses a singular sound in No Perfect Wave which, while patently comparable to aspects of the aforementioned artists, offers a wholly unique embrace to the listener thru ten tonal baths of a nature as otherworldly and remote as his home in Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver island.
Before you’ve even heard the first note, the title’s acknowledgement of tonal infidelity is key to getting into No Perfect Wave, practically warning us to expect something naturally irregular, frictional, which he delivers with transfixingly weather beaten effect, as if watching 1000s of years of elemental attrition upon a landscape, but condensed and detuned into great epochs or chapters.