World renowned guitarist, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders, T.R.A.M.), has inked a new solo deal with Sumerian Records for his new project Mestis, which is an all instrumental effort. His debut EP, Basal Ganglia, is a five track offering showcasing Reyes’ vast musical diversity and features an intriguing variety of instrumentation performed by highly acclaimed musicians. The EP was released today and all physical copies are exclusive to all FYE retailers.
Reyes states: “Basal Ganglia is an EP that come from several places, and by places, I mean influences. I’ve always wanted to create a style of music that focused on being emotionally exploitive and technically sound, yet simple enough for the average music listener to appreciate. Another influence was using the eight string guitar in a form that is unconventional to the ‘trends’ or independent of characteristics that are found in music styles/genres that have popularized it. Another and important reason was to create a true form of my own independent voice as an artist – to create music that expressed my personality, upbringing, emotions and musical taste.”
Mestis features Javier Reyes on guitar, bass, production and mixing duties. Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders) handling drum programming, Hector Barez (Calle 13, Bio Ritmo) on percussion and David Stout (Marvin Gaye, Juan Gabriel, Smokey Robinson) on the trombone.