Rafael Toral

Wave Field

It's been 30 years since Rafael Toral began making his own compositions and solo recordings; today, these recordings sound remarkably prescient and perfectly timeless! To mark the occasion of his start, and to celebrate his unique vision for the guitar and its textural, ambient and emotive capabilities, Drag City reissue Sound Mind Sound Body and Wave Field, his first two long out-of-print albums, on vinyl for the first time! Wave Field, released in 1995, was a departure from the first album into new composition methods involving the dirty textures of rock guitar, sounding in the open ears of many listeners as a synthesis of disparate elements - a nexus where Alvin Lucier, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Eno blend together. Here, the clangorous potential of the guitar was emphasized, giving a metallic edge to the two extended pieces and "radio edit" coda. The album's packaging, a subtle MBV tribute, along with the radio edit, suggested a harmony between musical directions as wildly disparate as the minimalist experimental and rock.