A Fragile Geography is Rafael Anton Irisarri’s first full length album since switching coasts and recovering from the theft of his personal and professional possessions that occurred in the process. In a way only the most genuine of artists can, he went beyond simple catharsis and transmuted the experience into creative expression based on a strong conceptual framework.
“Compositionally the music mirrors the tensions of contemporary America, contrasting passages of great beauty and calm with harrowing waves of density and pressure. A Fragile Geography also charts Rafael Anton Irisarri’s personal journey of transience and tumult. His entire studio, audio archives, and possessions were stolen while moving from Seattle to New York, forcing him to rebuild from ground zero. But such a tabula rasa moment also brought with it a chance for renewal, and for reductive experimentation. This experience birthed a range of fresh approaches and ideas, many of which became central to the aesthetic pillars of this record.” – Room 40