- phi yaan-zek: solar flare
(2005, cd, uk, geomagnetic records)
I'm assuming that you already noticed that the artist who has been getting some major attention in this very blog lately is called Phi Yaan-Zek.
Phi Yaan-Zek (who's real name is Philippe Ansari) has recorded four solo albums to date. "Solar Flare" was his third release. It's from 2005, and it was made eight years after his previous "Anomalies" album.
"Solar Flare" is a (mostly) instrumental guitar album. The emphasis lies on the beautiful melodies, the sometimes complex rhythms, the zappa-esque twists (or should I call it exceptional 'speech-guitar') and eastern infuences. I like this very much.
Also note that the album features some fine guests. Marco Minnemann takes care of the most drum & percussion parts, and Bumblefoot throws in some fretless electric guitar solos (!!).