Injazero Records and Nice Weather for Airstrikes present:
C. Diab (ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW)
+ Eva Bowan + Lucy Claire
25th October 2016
33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BJ
“Patient, hauntingly beautiful”
“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. 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.
C. Diab – Caton Diab, born 1986, Ottawa, Canada – is a friend and collaborator of acclaimed vocalist / composer Ian William Craig (FatCat / 130701 Records), whose engineering work on No Perfect Wave lead Injazero Records to C. Diab’s music. The record marks not only C. Diab’s first album proper, but also Injazero’s first physical album, released worldwide on 180g vinyl and digital formats on October 7th 2016.
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“Dense, ambient tracks ideal for late-night immersion, where thick waves of analogue synths roll over distant rhythms.”
‘Alien, absorbing and gorgeous.”
Eva Bowan is a Polish born Brighton (UK) based multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of Music, Graphic Design, Photography, Video and Illustration.
Her interest lies in combining analogue and digital techniques, both in visual and sonic art, leading to exciting fusions of organic textures with electronic elements and glitch. She creates captivating surreal worlds which are a mixture of dreams, hidden fantasies, observing the nature and overanalysing the world around and within.
Her sound can be described as a unique combination of electronica, ambient and industrial pop. Recently she supported: James Holden, Swans, Tim Hecker, Gazelle Twin, Rosie Lowe, Silver Apples, Rival Consoles, Umberto, Noveller and more.
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“Classical or not, one thing is indisputable – this music is beautiful. Listen on headphones and get lost in it.”
Dani Charlton @ Amazing Radio
“A swell of strings that leaves you feeling suspended in a sea of melodies.”
Drowned In Sound
Lucy Claire is a remarkable composer and producer, whose music fuses classical, cinematic and world influences. Her bittersweet piano motifs and melancholy string melodies, loaded with atmospheric soundscapes, along with off kilter harmonies and deep and compelling structures, have often been compared to music by composers such as Nils Frahm and Johann Johannsson as well as post rock artists like Mogwai.