“A year after Sean Shibe’s Camino shone new, contemplative light on French-Spanish repertoire from the 1880s on, Lost & Found opens a further metaphysical space through the transformative power of the electric guitar.”
“The album brings together ten, seemingly disparate composers between whom Shibe traces a journey that’s as unsettling as it is exquisite and profoundly searching, steeped in a kind of weightless wonder.
Utilising an array of multitracked sounds, from Hildegard von Bingen’s quickening ‘O Viridissima Virga’ to Julius Eastman’s beautifully unnerving Buddha there’s a sense of post-minimal, prog-rock inflected vastness that reaches from and towards the child-sage state suggested by Shibe’s title reference to Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience.
Alongside the Eastman, most wonderfully paradoxical are the three most recent works: Daniel Kidane’s Continuance expresses the ruminative unease of lockdown in glittering major-minor harmonies, while Shiva Feshareki’s VENUS/ZOHREH intensifies rippling arpeggio to strummed chord without ever quite arriving. Almost queasy in its relentless detuning, Oliver Leith’s Pushing my thumb through a plate brilliantly explores the fine lines between softness and brittleness, anxiety and bliss.”Review by Steph Power