Patel, Rajiv: Obey the Cattle

Rajiv Patel: Obey the Cattle
Title: Obey the Cattle
Artist: Patel, Rajiv
Label: CD Baby
UPC: 884502381160
Genre: Folk

No one in recent memory has sublimated the creative ego quite as effectively as Before Braille guitarist Rajiv Patel. Obey the Cattle!, Patel's latest solo album, offers 10 primarily instrumental tracks, none of them titled or credited in any way, with the whole album breezing through in just under 25 minutes. The unassuming subtlety of Obey the Cattle!'s physical presentation is somewhat mirrored in Patel's subdued musically presentation, although he is a guitarist of astonishing dexterity and invention. Throughout the course of Obey the Cattle!, Patel manages to reference touchpoints as distinct as his Indian/Hindu ethnicity, his use of found sound and sonic collage techniques and a fluid fingerstyle rival the achievements of John Fahey, Leo Kottke and MIchael Hedges. By eliminating words both graphically and sonically from his work, Patel is forcing his listeners to concentrate exclusively on the music without the preconceptions of titling or the infliction of lyrical meaning. Patel's presentation is a bold creative statement for an album of such incredibly subtle artistry. -Brian Baker, Rockpile. (Rockpile is a recently defunct music journal, but it was the finest in the country while it was running. Easily more in touch than Spin, Rolling Stone, etc, and more relevant. R.I.P.)

1.1 Rattlesnake
1.2 Ten Thousand Lakes
1.3 Moutain Standard Time
1.4 Curse of Laban
1.5 Cactus Is My Brother
1.6 The Wheat Looks Good This Year
1.7 Morris Code Saved Our Lives
1.8 Horseride Out of the City (W/ Vocals)
1.9 Quilombo
1.10 Mom Don't Worry Big Brother Is Watching

Patel, Rajiv: Obey the Cattle


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