First new material in a while from Kara-Lis Coverdale! Grafts is an impressive stretch of semi-abstract music that taps into the magical psychedelia of greats like Terry Riley, with sweet electronic patterns constantly twirling away into the distance, underpinned by organ, pipes, and much else. Single-sided LP, released in a limited edition of 300 black vinyl copies.
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Kara-Lis Coverdale is so fucking good. That’s literally all I had worth saying after soaking up this twenty-two minute fuzz rainbow from Boomkat Editions, one side of music so immaculately beautiful I’m happy to just spin it twice and forget there’s an empty flipside. Having wowed us both in her own right on ‘Aftertouches’ and the euphoric crystal overdrives of ‘Sirens’, as well as in her synth duties on Tim Hecker records, Coverdale has become one of our favourite artists, and here her melodically twinkling drone seems to have reached its absolute peak.
The fuzzy and pin-drop perfect arrangements Hecker employed on ‘Love Streams’ sounded, in my opinion, extremely complemented by collaborating with Coverdale, and here that dichotomy of ambience -- between organic and artificial -- shines bright once more. The ringing chords, pining organs and flutelike sounds come together in “2c” like the glare of a supermarket's lights on a field of springtime flowers. Even in its dissonant turns, as on the juxtapositions of “Flutter”, each section of ‘Grafts’ is all about growth, its sounds emerging inside a set system that repeats but never replicates.
These repetitive strands lock the headspace in but point to the detail in Coverdale’s sound: the relay of ambience and activity is reminiscent of Ex-Easter Island Head, in that I feel Like I’m going around and around and attending to new things each time. The percussive sounds of “Moments In Love” are almost impossible to separate from the melody -- they sound so lucid. I haven’t enjoyed just listening to something in such a long time.
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