Xardas is a guy from Lebanon. Xardas does have a few bands, mainly Kafan, but it is this solo endeavor that interests me the most. "Chapter 1" starts off with the sound of a television broadcasting a Lebanese TV show complete with canned laughter, then a lone gloomy guitar. Both guitar and television continue through the 15 minutes of the tape giving the impression that Xardas just happened to be watching television as he recorded "Chapter 1" rather than the TV acting as any kind of statement or thematic element. And who is the mysterious yeti-ghost whose illuminated eyes peer through the darkness of the cover art, and what does it have to do with Xardas or Lebanese television? Any recording that raises more questions than it answers holds a special place in my heart. Damn you, Xardas, what are you?