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I just reviewed the new Rainbow Valley tape a few minutes ago, and it was full of concordant, layered synthesizer drones for an uplifting and immersive listen. Well, this one from William Cody Watson on the ever-reliable Bathetic, his paean to acting legend and all round good guy ‘Bill Murray’, starts out in very much the same vein, with whooshing, shimmering synths grabbing hold of your head and giving it a gentle little rub.
It’s not completely the same, though - things do get pretty grained out and almost dark ambienty in places, but there’s always enough of that healing astral synth to keep it anchored in good vibes territory even at its most uneasy moments. All the glitchy crackliness is reminding both Phil and Brian of Fennesz so he’s obviously worth a mention here too, but my focus is more held by the swirling loveliness of the drones themselves which will push many a person’s synthetic bliss buttons I’m sure.
The fuzzy grainy dense droney cosmicality of this record is reminding me a lot of Tim Hecker, or a slightly more edgy and awkward Windy & Carl. Lots of driving-into-the-sunset vibes throughout this sexy disc. They swell and recede lazily but generally speaking the first side is muckier and the second side has more of a crisp, healing feel. Good stuff throughout, though - helping you drift off into the synthetic side of your brain.
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