Listen to Ezra Feinberg's West African-Inspired "Kernel & Shell"

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Listen to Ezra Feinberg's West African-Inspired "Kernel & Shell"

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Ezra Feinberg. The former leader of San Francisco-based psych-rock outfit Citay has been staying quiet for the last few years, focusing instead on his new family and settling into his new home and career in Brooklyn, as well as wrestling with the death of a close friend who served as his artistic mentor early on.

Feinberg is finally emerging from the fog with the release of his first solo effort Pentimento And Others, which is set for release on February 2nd via his own label Related States. It’s a lovely, unhurried collection recorded with longtime friend/collaborator Tim Green and a bevy of guest players, including former Grateful Dead collaborator Pete Grant. The music they cooked up is a spirited and motley mix that pulls from the influences of ‘70s minimalist classical, ambient and West African guitar music.

That last genre is heard most clearly on this wonderful track we’re sharing today: “Kernel & Shell.” According to Feinberg, the tune “came out of an ongoing obsession with the intense-yet-tranquil playing of Malian kora player Toumani Diabate and guitarist Ali Farka Toure, both towering figures of West African music. It also came after a long day at the beach, which seems like ages ago during these dark months. The track features renown percussionist Justin Padro and the flutist Robbie Lee, a hero of NYC fluting who has played with everyone from Cass McCombs to Mary Halvorsen to Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch.”

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