Lapse is the latest album from Canadian guitarist Curran Faris. Where his previous releases and live performances utilize the electric guitar and an array of effect chains and signal paths, Lapse was created using only an acoustic guitar and a minimal gear setup. Combining unprocessed room mics and the acoustic’s pick-up, Faris strips the instrument down to its essential tonal quality while pushing far away from easily identifiable guitar sounds. This minimal concept mirrors the sounds within: sustained tones, almost synth-like in nature, gradually unfurl and shift amidst distant, glacial melodies. As otherworldly as the guitar sounds on Lapse, there are moments when the listener is reminded that they are in fact hearing a person playing the acoustic guitar — rattling strings, the soft squeak of fingertips gliding across the fret board. This marriage of the unidentifiable and the familiar, the acoustic and electric, yields an album that is deceptively multilayered and much more than the sum of its slow-moving parts.