Cardinal Fuzz front this selection of exploratory ambiences by The Oscillation driving-force Demian Castellanos. The KYVU Tapes Volume II collects tracks Castellanos put to tape in the 90s and sees him setting aside the formal constraints of his main group. Entries like ‘Shimmer’ and ‘Transparent Landscape’ are forceful and hypnotic drones. Only 200 copies.
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Oscillation frontfreak Demian Castellanos made a gem of a record in his first Kyvu Tapes edition, exploring discrete and personal takes on the cosmic with homespun drones named after his boyhood village. In a side-project I’d argue is greater than anything his full band have ever done, he offers another record of impacting psych compositions, here using another mix of treated guitars, e-bows and horns to abstract emotive hints of melody.
Kyvu Tapes II further develops the subliminal beauty of Castellanos’ kosmische; the record’s opener, a drone with chance jitters of rhythm, is sonorous and spacious, but has hints of something almost narrative in its backdrop, brightening up into something as euphoric as a Myrorrs raga. “Transparent Landscape” is a mix of sci-fi swell and simmering drone heat, with chords whining into action for a drone that can’t decide whether it’s ominous, inviting or a little pinch of both.
It’s another golden collection of the great work Castellanos’ can do at the most minimal end of the psychedelic spectrum -- these pieces are warm, weird and delivered with an odd intimacy, as if the listener were being invited to look through a friend’s old scrapbook. Only the loveliest of space drone.
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