It's always illuminating to ask an artist how they understand music, but Eli West's perspective is nothing short of ground-breaking. A trained designer, he sees music architecturally, visualizing his compositions spatially. It's a highly unusual way to think about music, tied to his home in the verdant natural world of the Pacific Northwest. On his new album, 'Tapered Point of Stone', West lays out original songs and tunes like houses built by hand, weaving their melodies into the setting of acoustic roots music that first inspired him. Recorded in 2020, just before everything shut down, the album brings together West's favored quartet of musicians: Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange) on mandolin, Christian Sedelmeyer (Jerry Douglas) on fiddle, himself on mandolin, guitar, and banjo, and Clint Mullican (Mandolin Orange) on bass. Over the 13 songs and instrumental tunes, West explores the joy of communal music making and the grief of his father's recent passing. It's an intimate snapshot of a time before the world went dark and we all turned inward, and a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.