Inspired by, and meant to serve as a soundtrack to, Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy books. Bryce Miller's 'W A S P' comprises tense and brooding works for piano and layered synthesizers, alongside cold and insular drones - offset with delicate melodies. Mirroring Larsson’s characters and situations the pieces are sometimes calm and reflective, sometimes tense and filled with turmoil.
Edition of 100 hand-numbered copies - mustard-coloured cassette shells with wasp-like black ink printing.
J-card artwork by Eric Adrian Lee (DeathWaltz/Mondo, Giallo Disco & Wil-Ru Records).
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 06 September 2016
Synth tape! I hear they are very much all the rage. Having recently become enamored with the imaginary soundtrack work of Brandon Vare, committed to cassette instead of the big screen, we’ve now got ‘W A S P’ via the similarly fearmongering Bryce Miller. He had Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy books in mind for this one; the ice-cold electronic textures he uses are sometimes mapping in their ambience, and at other times disastrously melodramatic, suggesting a plethora of terrified sounds you might use while reading some Larsson. Reminds me of when I listened to the first Keane album while reading The Supernaturalist aged twelve. Fine times.
Larsson’s stories are a dry kinda cold, suggesting icy landscapes rather than snowy wonderlands, and Miller’s music reflects this through chilly synth excursions -- he occasionally goes sentimental through piano melodies, but usually offsets these with synthetic chords and throbbing drone pulses, essentially encasing his warmer tones in a blizzard of ominous. Something hopeful emerges out of “Respect and Trust”, whose synths imitate string swells before rumbling out a tinkering melody of kosmische proportions -- it’s music that seems to suggest a generative landscape, one that changes on randomly calculated whims.
Miller’s strands of emotive and frank IDM, a la storyteller the Flashbulb, is evident on “74774”, suggesting a producer who’s into finding feeling amongst the rubble of bleak coldwave and neutral ambience. It will keep you hoking on ‘W A S P’ even when the music seems to be phasing you out. Great stuff.
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