As can be seen from past releases (here and here), one never knows quite what next to expect of experimentalist Ernesto Diaz-Infante, but Wistful Entrance, Wistful Exit is the sort of over-the-periphery release that PR guy Howard Wuelfing would handle, especially because I can't help but kinda slot the disc alongside James Blackshaw's work (here and here), about whom I've in the past noted an exhibition of "a dedication to transform the listener's ideas about what music should do and be". The same goes for all experimentalists, Diaz-Infante included.
In Wistful's case, deceleration and meditation are called for. Each 15+ minute song features a single chord strummed on an acoustic 12-string over and over in a subtly shifting manner. This is the most static cut, Long exhibiting more changes, though even there, each shift occurs only after a previous extended sequence of semi-fidelity. This sort of thing, of course, will prove to be deadly to corporate mindsets in executive suites—we can only hope the amped-up bastards will go Scanners upon hearing the CD—but should appeal greatly to those who favor non-ordinary experiences and who have had enough of blaring blasting tunes and cavalcades of 3/4 ditties dedicated to bullshit ideations on love and/or money and/or cars and/or cheerleaders.
I can easily see this CD as background music playing to the rear of an open patio behind an unassuming adobe home looking out desert and mountains, someone sitting quietly, beer or wine in hand, just gazing at the tableau, forgetting the week's monkeymass shenanigans at the factory, ignoring the braying propagandists and bourgeois sitcom self-parodies on TV, walking away from the latest round of crimes from lunatic finance capitalists, jettisoning all of that, just being in the here and now, suspended in the wonder of existence itself, ego and thought processes chastened. Too much to hope for? Yeah, probably so, within the bulk of humanity anyway, but, hell, you could always give it a go yourself and see what happens.
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