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This is the official follow-up to the mesmerising 'Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious' and sees the multi-talented Rachel Evans continuing on her quest to merge uber-cosmic synthscapes with melt-in-your-mind ethereal vocals. One of the biggest sellers on Digitalis was that last record and if you missed that, just comfort yourself with the thought that she is keeping well busy and ligh ...

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Luminaries & Synastry by Motion Sickness of Time Travel
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 30 June 2011

This is the official follow-up to the mesmerising 'Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious' and sees the multi-talented Rachel Evans continuing on her quest to merge uber-cosmic synthscapes with melt-in-your-mind ethereal vocals. One of the biggest sellers on Digitalis was that last record and if you missed that, just comfort yourself with the thought that she is keeping well busy and lighting up the deep, dark shaft of experimental music with this garish pink vinyl bliss-outer. Following two dreamy shortish teaser tracks at the beginning (respectively the 'Luminaries' and 'Synastry' of the title), the lengthy 'Late Day Sun Silhouettes' takes the grainy, blurred new age-isms of Grouper and, rather than copy that distinctive template, has produced something incredibly soothing and meditative - a whole world of pulsating amorphous ambience with her vocals melting into a increasingly metronomic tapestry of soft mind-candy. A beautiful movement indeed. The second side of this captivating waxlet flows between shores of spooked drone whilst keeping bouyant with a warm, sad hovering organ line, her wispy sweet vocals tenderly floating in and out into the even more remarkable 'Day Glow' that sort of recalls Bjork or the Plaid-produced Nicolette in its combination of fragile organic beauty and jittery mechanical nervousness. Her vocals shine like nothing else on this particular track, her synth work is truly evocative here, arguably the most arresting track on the album so far but it's too early to tell as this all sounds astonishing! Further fizzing, swooping retro-gasmic synths and gliding vocal swoops combine on the subsequent tune, another example of her endorsing Grouper's eerie post-shoegaze layered vocal style whilst building breathtaking banks of pure dream-scape electronics to frame the voice. I cannot recommend this lass enough, she is a total visionary in my eyes, the heiress to the throne of the next wave of cosmic ambient dronesters to actually do something damn fresh and interesting!


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