Exceptional debut album styles from Cy An - studio engineer/producer for FKA Twigs - fusing lush and prickling flesh to the mutable structures of his 2017 debut in a breathtaking bouquet of fractal electronics. RIYL TCF, Arca, Suzanne Kraft, László Hortobágyi, 0PN, FKA Twigs.
‘Earth Naval / Morrigan’ holds among the most impressive debut albums of this year. Mapping fluidly diverse, amorphous terrain at the horizon of rhythm-driven electronics, ambient-pop, folk and noise abstraction, London-based artist Cy An has divined a contemporary strain of psychedelia that distinctly prods the pineal. While his memorably skeletal, free-floating debut 12” was sorely underrated, in a just world this album should receive due attention from discerning bods.
Coming to life with goosepimple-inducing choral pads and curdled Reese bass in ‘ENTRYVIA(R)’, the album unfurls with the controlled, writhing sensuality of a contemporary dancer such as Cy An’s famous collaborator, Twigs. Moving thru weightless noise in ‘FINALFLIGHT(M)’ to the shuddering space station convulsions in ‘HOLLOWINSIDES(T)’, the album comes on waves of pineal revelation and contemplation to expresses a genuine, dilated wonder thru a detailed aesthetic and subtle emotive cues.
‘ONLYFATE(R)’ sees him vault into vast Berlin skool ambient only to come down with genteel, cinematic keys that billow across ‘NOWKNOWING(H)’, all priming the listener for the stunning sacrificial prostration of ‘YOURGOD(N)’ and subsequent runs between early electronics and new age arps locked to brittle trap in ‘OTHERSIDE’, with spellbinding Slint-meets-Cocteaus strums on ‘ISYOU(V)’ and the almost medieval mesh of chord drones and acoustic strums of ‘ALLAWAITS(N)’ leading into the fractal rhythmelodic resolution of ‘HIDDEN(L)’, and the album’ masterfully elegiac finale ‘YOUNEVERDIED.’
From the coolly diffracted flow of its construction to the obfuscated yet penetrative nature of its emotive tact, ‘Earth Naval / Morrigan’ is very necessary listening for lovers of romantic, modern electronic music of all stripes. Do not sleep on it!