Arian Shafiee: Beauty Tuning tape (Hausu Mountain, 2018)

May 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Arian Shafiee: Beauty Tuning tape

Guerilla Toss guitarist Arian Shafiee leads what’s practically a one man Branca/Chatham-style guitar army on his debut solo tape. There’s some guest strings (harp and violin) on some of the tracks, but even when there isn’t, he plays his guitar less like a rock instrument and more like several instruments in an orchestra. Or like an electro-acoustic tape composition. Or like a divining rod to infinity. After starting out with two abstract, minimal pieces, the album centers around two 10-minute compositions, which are dark no wave mini-symphonies. Lastly is “I Am Tripping In A Room”, which condenses an entire rainforest into a studio apartment.

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