Fates is the inspiring debut album by Erik Mongrain, which sees percussive guitar push the meaning of beauty far beyond anything else you’ll ever have listened to before.
The ten song album is built upon magically composed instrumental pieces that Erik performs, using the guitar for both its usual acoustic sounds and as a percussive instrument too – giving so much more of a texture than you’d imagine.
From songs like Fusions and Air Trap, which are the more harder-hitting songs on offer to the slower and more mellow Percussienfa and Geometrie D’une Erreur, you get a wide taste of mood and a large mix of varying sounds.
You will see in the video below that he performs with the guitar lying flat on his lap, allowing for the tapping sounds that are so prominent in his songs. If you haven’t listen to his work before, now is a good time to get acquainted with it as this is what music is all about.