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Previously wowing us with No Perfect Wave, his emotive and pop-oriented drone vignette record (recorded by opera-looper Ian William Craig), the wondrous C. Diab returns with Exit Rumination. Here he offers more lovely, mountainous music to stare into a valley with. Guitars, trumpets and tapes for fans of those things used out of context.

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Exit Rumination by C. Diab
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 04 April 2018

All enthusiasm for our work has been sucked out of the Norman offices by some sort of music-breathing warlock, as evidenced by the fact a new C. Diab record came in and literally all of us neglected to give it a listen. Awful. We were all huge fans of his last emo drone mini-opus, ‘No Perfect Wave’, wherein his pop-oriented abstractions scaled mountains; he’s followed it up quite quickly with ‘Exit Rumination’, another record of processed instruments and worn-out tapes that feels at once like home and the world wrapped around home.

I love how Diab’s music pulses; straight in with “The Green Plain”, he delivers a strand of ambience with a bassy rhythmic throb, carrying it over into the bluesy and post-rocked guitar riffs of “Butterflies”, which are so high on the miasma of their own world they sound like Natural Snow Buildings gave them the power of a drone demigod. Diab has called this a record of “personal exorcism”, and its unabashed use of searing volumes and heart-wrenching melodies is more than proof -- this record sounds like devastation and baptism rolled into one.

The droning crunch of “On the Beach”, with its endless, ever-delaying echo, is enough to prove Diab master of his craft, but it’s the languishing fanfare -- the tears and the jubilation -- that keeps me coming back to his work. The second “Green Plain” is a crashing wave of trumpets, looping and interrupting, lonely and hopeful. No one evokes quite like this guy. Another triumph of heart on sleeve.



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