{arsonist}: Reality Structure tape (Unifactor Tapes, 2020)

March 23, 2020 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

{arsonist}: Reality Structure tape

Part of Pittsburgh’s thriving experimental electronic scene, {arsonist} composes mathematically derived destruction on her first album. There’s some fractured beats and prismatic sounds you might expect from deconstructed club music, but there’s also rich, foliage-like strings and saxophones, growing past decayed electronic noise into a sort of digital contemporary classical music. Her vocals poke out on two occasions, first on the gentle shadowscape “Till Human Voices Wake Us”. “Suppose We’re Hypnagogic Elopers” starts out bright and fluid, kind of like Foxdye’s ambient work, before rushing into a heady noise standstill. Then “Projecting Into Phantasmagoric Subspace” carries out the rest of the album, beginning with soft, swooping vocals and star-synths, then erupting into a fantastic supernova later on. Truly remarkable music for cosmic rebirth.

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