OverScan: Conscious tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2015)

August 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

OverScan: Conscious tape

OverScan: Conscious tape

This one’s sort of like Tim Hecker without all the prestige and hype and monolithic dark-room performances. Well, at least the distortion on the first track brings up the easy comparison to Tim Hecker. I don’t want to say “low-budget” or “poor man’s” because that devalues this. But basically there’s plenty of music out there that isn’t getting all the Pitchfork hype and is even available for free download that is still noisy and spacey and droney and fantastic. This one gets more stargazing and sweeping and drifting as it goes on. Really bright, expressive cosmic synth melodies and sometimes crickets (as on “Perspective”). “Terrorvision” flows a little bit into dark ambient territory, but not enough that it can’t still be considered new age (maybe). “The Pitch” is sort of similar, it’s brighter-sounding but there’s still some weird voices buried underneath. In general, a nice starry wash of sound that hugs you like a fuzzy blanket.

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