Zaimph is Marcia Bassett’s solo project, a moniker from which she has been emitting wild and noisy soundscapes for years. Between The Infinite And The Finite is however her first solo recording made in a ‘proper’ studio, giving an extra-fine clarity to these improvised swirls of synth, voice, piano and miscellaneous sounds. 300 LP copies on Yew.
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 05 January 2017
ZAIMPH aka Marcia Bassett (Hototogisu/GHQ/Double Leopards) takes us through the haunted corridors of our dreams on her simultaneously ominous and beautiful ‘Between The Infinite And The Finite’ LP - released in an edition of 300 copies on her own Yew imprint.
From the opening seconds ‘Absence & Presence’ is consistently captivating. A foreboding, droning synth leads us into an endless black tunnel full of intrigue. A place where angels, ghosts, and demons dwell. There’s a thrilling sense of mystery to the tension and nervous energy the drone generates, and the partially obscured/ processed sounds that emerge flicker like phantom entities unwilling to fully reveal themselves. It’s this sense of being there but not being there i.e ‘Absence & Presence’ that makes revisiting this opening track so addictive - each repeated listen feels like just a tiny glimpse of something much larger.
‘Equinox Reprise’ is something like the remnants of a busted guitar coming back to life after being decimated on stage by a rock and roll band. After the musicians and audience have left the old music hall the resurrected guitar, assisted by some unknown force is able to plug back into the voltage and is accompanied by the ghost of a decaying old dusty piano for one final, weeping, bittersweet swansong.
‘Entropic Horror’ comprises the entire flipside - a gorgeous, bardo state inducing track with lush, total bliss synth swells -- like swimming through the ripples of a liquid mercury ocean and back into the womb and the infinite/finite cycle of birth and death.
As with anything and everything from ZAIMPH, this LP is Highly recommended.
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