Ezra Feinberg, formerly of Citay, releases his debut solo album, Pentimento and Others. After years of touring and several lauded releases on Dead Oceans and Important Records, Feinberg folded Citay in early 2012, relocated from San Francisco to Brooklyn, and stepped away from music. During this time he lost a close friend to cancer, someone who was an artistic mentor in Feinberg's early days as a musician. He also got married, started a family, and, with mounting responsibilities, found himself questioning how to proceed with a life in music in the face of loss and with his years of freewheeling youth behind him.
Through these seven tracks expansive landscapes unfold through cosmic layers of electric and acoustic guitars, pianos and synthesizers, all informed by ambient and new age hypnotics, 1970s West Coast psych, and the phase repetition of early New York minimalism, rounded out by a nod to West African acoustics. Feinberg and longtime producer and collaborator Tim Green (Joanna Newsom, Comets on Fire, Wand) have crafted long form pieces that take their time, seeking the pleasures and sorrows of the journey as well as the destination. Feinberg also recruited Pete Grant, the legendary pedal steel player heard on records by The Grateful Dead, Guy Clark, and Tim Hardin to contribute soaring and plaintive textures to the album's closer, "Experience Near."
Pentimento and Others is for fans of John Fahey, Terry Riley, Laraaji, Michael Rother, Jerry Garcia, and Fripp & Eno. This is guitar music for the new age.