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Stereocilia is the work of John Scott, one man busily working away amidst a load of synths, guitars and samplers to knit together this record of finely weaved post-rock-drone. The Road To The Unconscious Past recalls some of Mark McGuire’s work, with thoughtful guitar lines held in suspended synth-animation. Out on the Echoic Memory.

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The Road to the Unconscious Past by Stereocilia
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 October 2016

Stereocilia is John Scott, a man from down old Bristol way who is rather good at playing the guitar. He creates washes of spectral playing that glistens like the sun on a puddle after a rainstorm. He can also be loud. On opener 'The River' he creates distorted waves of playing than envelopes the track and forces you at gun point not to drift off. Now, I have to declare that I'm not a fan of this kind of distorted twiddle, it always reminds me of Dave Gilmour and that is not a good thing. However Expo 70 have forged a healthy career out of such sounds so you may think differently.

Luckily the album is a varied affair, we get modular synth on 'Drift' with some lush e-bowed guitar textures whilst 'Lost in the Ether' is a near perfect Vini Reilly impression with beautiful cyclical guitar creating a calm soundscape. Overleaf on 'Infinite' we get some looping feedback and modular synth before some raucous guitar glissandos and the final 'Sustain/Release' is shimmering textural guitar that recalls perhaps Windy and Carl and the '90s space rock brigade.

So overall a mixture between some delightful compositions that will appeal to fans of Yellow 6 and a few more atonal affairs which could draw comparisons to Mark McGuire with some ambient synth washed in for good measure. Each though demonstrates Scott's skill at manipulating the six string into a myriad of shapes.  


Stereocilia - 'Sustain/Release' music video - YouTube



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