"More or less known for his projects (Bronze Horse, The Dove Azima) which cloaked his name on his three past LP's. Zachary Hay finally out of hiding with his first self titled album. When we first discovered his music we were floored by his stream of consciousness approach to acoustic guitar. These ten songs represent a very sincere and intuitive approach to guitar as if it were an unknown object. Hay's ideas on the guitar create some of the most poignant songs that feel as if they already existed and rose from oblivion.
This self titled album like his others would fit nicely alongside Willie Lane, Jandek, MV & EE, Tashi Dorji and Loren Connors... or perhaps imagining if John Fahey and Jack Rose were stripped of their deep bag of tricks and knowledge of early American music and distilled down to purely melody and feel, they may have made similar choices on the guitar as were made here.
This album is the most sincere album of contemporary guitar music we've heard in a long time. Hay's perfect simple technique adds a timelessness to each song that could be vaguely described as American Primitive. A tradition that in our opinion includes Charalambides, Christina Carter, Scott Tuma as much as Fahey and his contemporaries."
"...The album is a sparse slice of American Primitive folk – cut from the cloth of Fahey and Basho, but tied tight with the discarded threads of Loren Connors, Tashi Dorji, Bill Orcutt, and Scott Tuma. There’s not the same type of fluidity that would befit a Fahey acolyte, but there’s more movement here than Connors usually lets take hold. Hay falls somewhere between the ripple-pickers and the 4AM dirge hunters..." - Raven Sings the Blues