The Details: Rafael Toral, Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (Touch, 2010; originally released in 2001)
A Short Review: As a member of the “electronic orchestra” MIMEO, Rafael Toral has performed with everyone from Christian Fennesz to Editions Mego owner Peter Rehberg. He’s also worked with Sonic Youth, Rhys Chatham, John Zorn and many other Wire magazine favorites, so you better believe that this nearly decade-old artifact is essential listening for anyone who worships chromatic chords and glass bottom guitars. Oh by the way, seven years of riff-raking went into this recording. Let’s just say every last lick counts.