“Hauntingly beautiful...A unique vision and expert musicianship.”
Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3
“Superbly balanced... Offers many stunning moments.”
Drowned in Sound
Vancouver-based bowed guitar player / tape manipulator C. Diab follows his extraordinarily beautiful No Perfect Wave LP (October 2016) with a stunning remix EP, a collection of wildly new and inventive takes on tracks from the album. Three album tracks (over four remixes) are shown in vibrant new light by Guy Andrews (Houndstooth), Ambassadeurs, Heinali (Injazero) and Kelpe. Each new take teases out hues, colours and shades from the original forms. Previously sparse and meditative dronescapes are accorded throbbing basslines and pulsing dance beats; organic and naturalist acoustic recordings are digitally processed and treated; the remote wilderness of Canada’s Pacific mountain region is traded for the electronic scenes of London, Berlin and Kyiv.
C. Diab’s playing style - of the original No Perfect Wave - is described as ‘Cascadian guitar music’. Where Appalachian Guitar Music has a well-known musical identity, C. Diab’s elegant cello-bowed guitar compositions are named in reference to the Cascade mountain region (Northwestern USA / Southwestern Canada), which is - just as C. Diab’s music - mountainous, moody, mesmeric, and filled with breathtaking majesty.
“I haven't heard anything like C. Diab’s music in a long while. There is a real beauty in how he composes,” writes Guy Andrews. “I made almost all of the remix in the early hours of the morning whilst waiting for a connecting flight in Copenhagen airport...I hadn't manage to sleep much - so I wanted to capture the high levels of fatigue I was experiencing, creating a haze of digital mess which dissipates into moments of clarity.”
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 led 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 May 19, 2017
Artwork by Mark Bakema.
(p) 2017 C. Diab under exclusive license to Injazero Records
(c) 2017 Injazero Records
supported by 5 fans who also own “No Perfect Wave Remixes”
This is a masterclass of an album that explores a different ambient/modern classical style in each song. Such variety would be almost unsettling if each wasn't so expertly rendered.
From the grinding, interstellar pulse of Anthracite, to the multilayering of Shuffle, and finally to the air-light piano of Hauntology, this is is deeply compelling music, rendered in a rich palette of sounds.
Each track is a journey; taken as a complete work, it's a labyrinthine voyage of endless possibilities. Michael Mueller