Boomkat Product Review:
Canadian producer Caton Diab describes his music as "post-classical-grunge" and to be honest, we completely agree. Imagine a devotional cross between A Silver Mt. Zion, Arthur Russell, Richard Skelton and Stars of the Lid - properly levitated, basically.
As its title suggests, "White Whale" is a rare, curious oddity. Diab uses familiar elements, but they're not often heard smashed together concurrently. Based in Vancouver, he has the Canadian post rock canon looming large over his works, but the album isn't just another Constellation-adjacent collection of high-minded political depression-mongering. Diab injects his doom with the kind of elegiac beauty you'd more readily hear in Stars of the Lid's sunniest moments.
Using guitar, synthesizer, flute and trumpet, Diab blurs the analog and digital completely, creating music that links a rock lineage with his clear interest in Tim Hecker, Lawrence English and Ben Frost's luminous "power ambient" canon. It's tender, melancholy music that feels healing somehow. Really lovely.