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7" on Lexi Disques aka Uroceras Gigas of Guttersnipe.
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Under the handle of Vymethoxy Redspiders, Uroceras Gigas offers a brilliant counter to the frenzied, agitated sounds of her role in duo Guttersnipe. In many ways totally inverse, as the isolationist ambient synth sounds of ‘Perspectives from the Silverspore Expanse’ take us out of a whiteout and wandering through the ice caves of some unknown Northern land. As sunlight peeks through the cracks in the walls and refracts like crystal prisms, our way is illuminated by micro rainbows. Despite the prettiness and wonderfully introspective, lonely journey vibe of the sounds, there’s also unnerving energy, as though we’re about to be confronted by some evil ice queen sat upon a throne in some underground lair.
On the flipside, the second ‘Perspective’ feels as though we’ve reached our destination - a vast and wondrous glittering cavern of pure splendour, painted with shimmering and twinkling synth work. As the layers build, the sense of desolation and isolation really increases, and although no life manifests, we don’t quite feel alone, rather I get the sense of being observed by invisible phantom like entities. It’s that peculiar feeling of being inside a dream and watching your life as though it were a film.
Whatever, or wherever the ‘Silverspore Expanse’ actually is I suppose could be interpreted quite differently by different ears and minds, but certainly, the music of Vymethoxy Redspiders is incredibly evocative and transportive. Despite it being somewhat arcane, it’s effortless to penetrate. It’s a sound so incredibly cold, yet so much warmer than the abyss of nothingness. It’s a fantasy zone to get well and truly lost inside and manoeuvre around in. There aren’t many 7” records that manage to totally whisk you away in the limited duration of the format, but here, two tunes are all it takes. Kinda makes me think of a more magical/mystical take on the glacial sounds of Robert Turman & Aaron Dilloway's 2009 'Blizzard' disc on Hanson. You should cop this for sure.
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