Subespai & Doxylamine
The wizard of white noise returns for another wandering into psychedelic sounds. Subespai featured on The Electro Review a few months ago, and we all remember his particular breed of experimental noisecraft that rewrote the rule books when it comes to what music can be like. Now with fellow soundsmith Doxylamine in suit, also from Sydney in Australia, Base is released as a pillar of electronica that will no doubt hold fast for generations. The album is released in typical avant-garde style as a limited edition cassette that all the eclectic fans will no doubt be drooling over, and of course the good old fashioned download is there as well.
Five tracks and a fictional backstory make up the project so far. Playing with character design isn't something new in rock n roll so electronic venues really can't grumble. We have two serious composers of electronic abstractica who, with their combined creativity, have made a new universe of sound. How much of our own story is adapted to fit what we consider our virtues and graces in our minds? We nearly always choose the most pleasant perspective when reviewing our own decisions and deeds.
Like a reactant and its antidote, pollen fire and its remedy, Base reveals subtle nuance and flow only reachable with persistent patience and a highly tuned ear for atmospherics. As we're drawn into the album, a breathy pipe sound envelopes us and begins to twinge in multiple directions. New tones administer their harmonics as drifty waverings spill over one another in competitions of amplitude. A bass tone throbs in the distance marking the onset of some crisper organic chimes that drown in the venir of far away horns and dancing feet. Pitches mingle like dancing swallows in newborn summer skies while metallic buildings cusp the horizons in ever encroaching menisci. Pulsating vibrancies from all ends of our audible span slowly gather a semblance of sculpted silence.
The five tracks progress and evolve like a colossal school of fish, each piece a tiny unit of well designed sound combining to form shimmering and shifting torrents and walls of living material. From where we left off last time, Subespai had created a masterpiece of amplitude and wave, now we're given whole new dimensions to this crazy cacophony. With well meaning tunnels of complete weirdness and rushes of sporadic velocity rich change, the slices of sound worked in between seem to create a spongy and non uniform cream that fills the doughnut perfectly. Doxylamine has given the sound a new flavour, polished the brand, and perhaps has infected the scene with yet another area of exploration many more artists will choose to walk.
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