nephew lagoon: naked fuse (self-released, 2021)

March 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

nephew lagoon: naked fuse

Michigan-based experimental artist nephew lagoon’s newest album contains five extended pieces rather than several dozen brief sketches, but it’s a similar dreamscape of disconnected thoughts loosely flowing in and out of each other. The longer track lengths do let the synth explorations stretch out a bit more than before. The main difference is that this one frequently cuts in Negativland-esque sound bytes and news clips. At some points (particularly “weddow”) there’s clear references to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of sufficient health care, so there’s a bit of a political bent to it, as well as expressions of loneliness and isolation. “fectric” is one of the more sonically audacious pieces, with lots of sharp synth swoops and a few glimpses of heartfelt melodies. “hampsterpalz” and “bb day” have their truly tranquil moments, and then there’s others that are playfully confused, with momentary synth pile-ups and “hello? what?” phone messages. While super abstract, the parts that make their point abundantly clear hit hard, and the rest is equally beguiling.

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