Having been silent since 2015’s Struktura, it’s a delight to witness a return from the secretive (though no longer anonymous) Strië. Her comeback EP, Perpetual Journey, charts the unfortunate and inhumane voyage of the dog Laika. It continues somewhat in the slow and reverberating collagist loopery of her previous work, only I daresay with production than ever.
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On this here 12” EP -- on the always reliably magnificent Serein label -- Olga Wojciechowska reignites her Strië project to lovingly deliver to us this ear-caressing series of 6 pieces of music.
The story behind the inspiration for this record is a sad one: the event of the Soviets launching a stray dog through the stratosphere in their Space Race with the U.S., back in the mists of the ‘50s. The Russians named her Laika, and she has been a symbol for animal abuse ever since. Such callous, inhumane treatment of a canine would never be allowed these days, surely? A petition would put a stop to that… Anyway, the music on this record provides the textural soundtrack to little Laika’s involuntary travels into the depths of the cosmos.
Very lovely it sounds, too. Layers of organic sounds are all pieced together, collage-style to create a tasty aural sandwich. All wide-eyed milky.. uh, Milky Way floatiness. (That's a word that exists, now). Particularly on the astrally-inclined ‘Unseen Weight’. OK, so I’m struggling a bit today I’ll admit, but it is the end of a Wednesday and I’m all collated out -- however, this record is soothing me very nicely indeed. The track ‘To Never Return Home’ is incredibly emotional: gauzy electronics blend perfectly with looped cello and other wondrous timbres, guaranteed to get this soppy reviewer all dewy-eyed. If you like this sort of thing, buy it. You won’t regret it. Promise. I’ve stopped crying now. OK.
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