Mancunian experimentalists Michael Cutting and Vitalija Glovackyte present their debut album as Hyperdawn. Bleach successfully translates the duo’s brilliant multimedia live performances to record, and also fuses digital processes to analogue instrumentation, to result in a compelling album of familiar yet alien avant-pop.
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LP on Them There Records. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
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Homemade instruments, tape experimentation, and based in Salford, what's not to love? Sometimes an artist will come along and you just know you're going to like 'em. 'Bleach' is a gorgeously orchestral collection of squalling, broken-sounding loops that have a soaring quality putting me in mind of the Pennines' wide skies.
'Bleach' has a formless, unsettling quality. It's always unclear what is making a particular noise so the arrangements often sound alien. This is accentuated by vocalist Vitalija Glovackyte's flat, double-tracked, almost emotionless voice. It's midway between Nico and Trish Keenan. The vocals are often put through processors or vocoders turning Glovackyte's voice into a heavenly Martian choir.
This record is like a switched-on version of some weird freak-folk album; imagine Vanishing Twin forced to play a Bon Iver record on exclusively bit-crushed pocket keyboards and you're halfway to understanding 'Bleach'. There are elements of drone, glitch, and musique concrète. The sound quality is very clear but the music can often be so expressionless and dry that it sounds lo-fi when it isn't.
'Bleach' is brutal and heartfelt, showing why the most alien sounds are often the most affecting.
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