Rafael Anton Irisarri: Solastalgia (Room40, 2019)

July 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rafael Anton Irisarri: Solastalgia

Rafael Anton Irisarri continues to tower over everyone in his ability to build these dense, overwhelming, abundantly emotional musical environments. The title Solastalgia refers to mental or existential distress caused by environmental change, and that could refer to the entire globe, but it takes on a more personal tone knowing Irisarri’s recent past (all of he and his wife’s belongings were stolen when they were preparing to move a few years ago). Either way, this is heavy, devastating stuff, compounding gloom and hope and anger and despair until it all just becomes this giant all-consuming force. If you’re familiar with his other Room40 releases like The Unintentional Sea and A Fragile Geography, this is a similar type of experience, and just as vital.

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