Thursday, August 02, 2018

The 1 Hundred :: Zak Riles - S/T

Just as there are certain records that continually sell year after year, there are some titles that are continually either just under the radar of popularity, or maybe just need a bit of a highlight to remind you they are still out there waiting for new ears. As an experiment we are going to build a list of one hundred titles, all currently in stock, that we think you should lend an ear to.

 Zak Riles - S/T (Important, 2008) // Used CD

Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Zak Riles spends the bulk of his time in post-rock / post- world group Grails. For this first and only solo disc he focuses on the acoustic guitar, backed at turns by a full band, playing a kind of modal, Middle Eastern inflected folk that crosses the territory between everything from OM to John Fahey to Sandy Bull to Popul Vuh, and more. With it moods from jubilation to paranoia to melancholy peek though, sometime from bar to bar. 

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