Aidan Baker Element

Seeping from the mind of Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker, Element is a five-track study of singularity in ambience that exclusively comes from the electric guitar. Baker stimulates the stringed device with unconventional items, such as a pair of scissors and drumsticks, and thereby creates an abode of resonance that completely alters the identity of the guitar. The end result is a sort of hallucinogenic tour through renaissance-era moors on a fog-filled moonlit night; shapes and "things" are visible, yet are chameleon-esque in nature and always shift into something else, thus making this disc re-spinnable at will. And no matter where its listener is located, the sounds will always find a way to chillingly burrow under their skin. (Independent)