Mystified: Yenisei Crossing (Spotted Peccary Music, 2020)

December 10, 2020 at 8:03 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Mystified: Yenisei Crossing

Thomas Park has almost 400 releases listed on Discogs as Mystified, and dozens more under his own name and as Mister Vapor, Autocad, and other monikers. This is an hour of detached industrial loops and concrete soundscapes which has little in common with the cosmic electronic and new age releases typically put out by Spotted Peccary. Created using a generative computer program he developed with Python programming code, the album features a lot of loops, waves, flagpole clangs, and other sounds layered on top of each other, usually not in sync, but somehow making some sort of sense together. Several of the tracks have evenly paced 4/4 beats, but this almost seems like it happened by accident, as they’re barely tethered to the drones and other sounds. It might be disorienting to some, but I think it sounds rather soothing, so it makes some sort of sense appearing on an ambient/new age label. There’s a lot of common sounds used throughout the tracks, so it seems beside the point to pick out highlights. It’s just a really good set of sounds to sleepwalk to.

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