Sonic Perspectives is hosting the premiere of “An Aversion To Fervor,” the latest preview from Chicago-based progressive Warr guitarist JASON BLAKE preceding the release of his Slightly Different Paths album.
Through both his playing in progressive/instrumental trio Aziola Cry and his own solo work, JASON BLAKE has been establishing himself as one of the most distinguished technicians on the Warr guitar; a unique twelve-string instrument incorporating the range of a guitar and bass that is played by tapping the strings in a touchstyle technique. Through a rapidly prolific succession of varied records in recent years, JASON BLAKE been building an impressive resume as a solo artist, pushing the boundaries of the Warr while incorporating elements of progressive rock, ambient, classical, and more.
Now, JASON BLAKE returns with his most intimate album to date with Radiant Dusk and its companion album, Slightly Different Paths. BLAKE used his semi-hollow Artisan Warr guitar on these recordings to give them an “acoustic” sound. The ten-song Radiant Dusk and its six-song companion Slightly Different Paths – which sees him joined by drummer Amery Schmeisser – were recorded, mixed, and mastered in Chicago at Gravel Road Recording by Schmeisser. Longtime collaborator Hajo Mueller (Steven Wilson, Mariusz Duda) completed the beautiful artwork for both releases, which are now being released as a 2xCD package.
BLAKE reveals with the new single, “‘An Aversion To Fervor’ is a great example of what this album is about and my current thinking with regard to the music that I write away from my band, Aziola Cry. It has a heavy quality to it while being just clean Warr guitar and drums. As I was in the studio recording Radiant Dusk, I kept experimenting with different ideas around what the music could become. The addition of the drums came much later as a way of bridging the gap between my previous album, Subsequent Ruins, which featured Marco Minnemann on drums, and Radiant Dusk.”
Visit Sonic Perspectives to hear JASON BLAKE’s “An Aversion To Fervor” now at THIS LOCATION.
Radiant Dusk is out now digitally, and Slightly Different Paths will be released November 17th alongside the 2xCD containing both albums. Find Radiant Dusk digitally, digital preorders for Slightly Different Paths, and preorders for the Radiant Dusk/Slightly Different Paths 2xCD at Bandcamp HERE. Also watch the video for the Radiant Dusk track “Without A Murmur” HERE.