No Perfect Wave

C.Diab, 2016

Life is rife with small, personal zeitgeists. As I fall into fandom of some new artist, they begin to appear everywhere, in unexpected places. For example, Take C.Diab's No Perfect Wave: an excellent album of analogue drones that sound too earthy to be purely electronic—perhaps guitar… maybe organ? Only after purchasing it and dwelling with it a few days, did I find out it was recorded and mixed by one of my tastes-du-jour, Ian William Craig. Which makes sense: it's easy to hear Craig's deft hand at decaying audio on the hissing distortions of No Perfect Wave. All the sounds are clouded as if from a badly oxidized cassette. Even it was my excitement for Craig's production that brought me to No Perfect Wave, the patient construction and focused playing are it's truest traits.