Glider, by The Sight Below (aka – the multi-instrumentalist and reclusive – Rafael Anton Irisarri) was released in 2008 on Ghostly International. It was remastered and re-released in 2018 to celebrate its anniversary and was backed with a reworks album by Rafael’s peers. It is available on all formats including cassette!
Nine individual tracks, all around 5-minutes each, set at similar tempos and stitched together with an occasional, soft, pulsating 4/4 beat. Like a calming heartbeat, this simplest of drum patterns works as a foundation for the twisting and shifting sonic textures to mould around. The result is 48 minute epic that manages to push Rafael’s concept to its limits yet somehow feeling familiar throughout.
With the Reworks album, this concept is clearly understood and developed in a similar vein. Yes, the tracks are more intricate and, in some cases, more upbeat but the guest artists handle Rafael’s work with an obvious respect – no heavy handedness or personal signatures here. In fact, you would be forgiven for thinking it was Rafael who had crafted them.