V. Kristoff: Sydra (Not Not Fun, 2020)

October 1, 2020 at 7:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

V. Kristoff: Sydra

One of the owners of Jungle Gym Records makes his NNF debut with this mesmerizing tape of murky brightness, if that makes any sort of sense. It’s shrouded in tape hiss and crackle, but the melodies are often curious, mysterious, playful, soothing. Also, some of it was made on an iPhone, I’m guessing the songs without so much tape hiss, but who knows. “Inland Hymn” has a sort of aquatic dub-techno feel but without the beats, with rawer bass, and faster, blinky arpeggios. “Efficacy” has melodies that play hide and seek to try and reveal themselves. “Semblance” is more of a gorgeous space waltz drifting out into the ether. “Majolica” is alert splendor which washes up into haze, but “View of Death” is jittery and very close to cracking apart. “Earthen Nova” has some simple notes mangled with delay effects and it also has a neat “on the brink” type feel, even if it’s essentially more calm and relaxed.

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