M. Geddes Gengras is a longstanding member of the US experimental scene and has has collaborated with LA Vampires, Pocahaunted (Not Not Fun), Sun Araw and The Congos,
On 'Ishi' the producer dives headlong into beautiful, sprawling ambient explorations and deep, mystical drone inspired by the life of the titular Ishi, “the last wild Indian” in North America, who emerged in 1911 at the age of 49. The record showcases the type of processed electronic sound and tonal explorations that has seen M Geddes Gengras subject of features in the likes of Pitchfork.
Recommended for fans of Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never, Emeralds, Ekoplekz and Sun Araw
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M Geddes Gengras of Robedoor and Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & The Congos fame is back with some more of his meditative solo synth bliss-outs on Stones Throw/Leaving this week, with a digi-exclusive bonus track on the download that's roughly the length of the entire vinyl LP.
On side A are 'Ishi' and 'Passage'. The former is a slowly building passage of smooth layered drones and subtle ambient textures with a subtle and pleasant mixture of light and shade and a patient gentility, while the latter follows suit in a gently throbbing ambient synth drift before bursting into pacey technicolour arpeggios which effervesce against the glassy stillness of the meditative tone washes, eventually building into a dizzying landscape of cascading twinkles and then gradually settling back down into the therapeutic drones it started with.
Over on side B is a single lengthy track, 'Threshold', which sees us firmly back in drone territory, with a single chord slowly morphing through various texture combinations in a slow and relaxing and rather uplifting piece of ambience, with haunting distorto-crackles and detached melodies echoing in as if from a wormhole to an alternate universe. Lovely laid back synth meditations to help you empty your head and relax.
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