Javier Reyes (Animals as Leaders, T.R.A.M.) has his involvement in a new solo project. Javier has dubbed this project Mestis and will release a five song EP entitled Basal Ganglia under the moniker on November 27th via Sumerian Records. Javier had this to say on the upcoming EP:

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.

According to the EP teaser (below), the music on Basal Ganglia will be leaning towards the progressive rock side as expected with lots of jazz influence. I am curious to see what the rest of this will sound like. Check out the teaser.

-Lane Oliver

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