Rabit's hotbed of experimental grime and other hypermodern digital distractions welcomes the first appearance for Vancouver-based artist City. Abstract song structures abound, but there is a strong sense of purpose that guides these crystalline shards of bass, beat and buzz around the frequency range in the spirit of that most current and ambiguous of styles – post-club music.
8/10 Ant Staff review, 05 October 2017
‘A Goal is an Image’ is the first full, proper album on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil album and is well placed as a strong representation of the label's aesthetic. City aka Vancouver artist Will Ballantyne’s sound on this album really encapsulates the emotive core that exists within the digital chaos that can be found in much of the music that Rabit curates for his imprint. The sound worlds that City conjures are both surreal/hyperreal and tangibly realistic with the organic/synthetic line often blurred through use of field recordings, blasts of fractured mechanical rhythm, whopping elephant like sub bass, elegant harpsichord and so on. There’s a few zinging and spiralling, hand-me-down/re-purposed trance riffs in the style of Lorenzo Senni that don’t resonate with me, but there are plenty of really cool little robotic sounds and all sorts of interesting noises pinging around that still make this well worth checking out.
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