These two long-form compositions typify the work of gentle noisemaker and field recording/found sounds artist WANDA GROUP but have brand new motivations: 'Symirroretry' serves as the score for a film by Kansas director Andrew Lovgren, which aims to show the intersection between art and skateboarding.
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Interior 1: 17:22Interior 2: 17:35
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Louis Johnstone continues to fascinate and confound with this latest offering under his WANDA GROUP guise. Put to together as the soundtrack to 'Symirroretry' a documentary about skateboarding and art by Andrew Lovgren, this handsomely packaged CD features two 17+ minute tracks (‘Interior 1’ and ‘Interior 2’) that further refine the ultra obtuse and achingly subtle sound collages for which he has become surprisingly well known.
The fact that WANDA GROUP’s music seems to operate according to some profoundly alien (or alienated) logic makes it hard to describe. Talking about what it consists of – off-cut melancholy loops, grainy field recordings, mechanical rumbles, eerie frequencies, waves of atmospheric interference, decaying drones, random structures, insectoid buzzes and clicks etc.– doesn’t really do justice to the overall effect of the music. The way Johnstone combines his field recordings, which tend to be bafflingly non-descript, with the various layers of sonic detritus really nails that elusive sense of the otherworldliness of the mundane. In this sense Johnstone reminds me of Graham Lambkin; their respective musics might not sound very similar but there’s more than just a superficial connection between WANDA GROUP and The Shadow Ring: greyscale aesthetics, decrepit gear, deceptively ramshackle approaches, quaint south coast locations conducive to a particularly surreal mix of ennui and absurdity…
One thing about Johnstone's sound that sets it apart from the swathes of dark ambienteers is a lack of any aggressive posturing. This allows for a more dreamlike flow to his shifting textures so that they work their way deep into your subconscious. There’s also something strangely intimate about the music, despite the surface anonymity of the actual sounds. Anyway, enough of me waxing lyrical- Johnstone himself does a stellar job of hyping his own music: ‘IT SOUNDS SHIT TO MOST PEOPLE, BUT I AM QUITE PROUD OF IT’.
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