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Perila casts her slow burn, drowsy magic on Vaagner’s A Sunken Mall sublabel, drawing on the ambiguous nuance of daily life for another diaristic entry to her quietly expanding catalogue.
Continuing to occupy a personalised corner of the contemporary ambient sphere, somewhere in proximity to Félicia Atkinson and claire rousay’s liminal tone or Burial’s South London nightscapes; the Berlin-based Russian artist transmutes fleeting feelings into a singular sort of ephemeral ambience richly textured with field recordings and laced with her signature, ASMR-like spoken word that vents her subvocalised thoughts. If you’ve had even half an ear on this realm over the past few years, we hardly need to describe it any further, but suffice it to say that this one is another deeply satisfying entry to Perila’s microcosm.
The six tracks are an intimate experience, relaying her observations in a modestly low-light settings that settle any listening space to her sublime tenor. ‘Long Dizzying Air Through a Balcony Door’ lures in with sferic pads swaddling her half heard voice, and ‘Amorphous Absorption’ feels to drop the temperature a few degrees, pads condensing into icier drips. The title and spare tone of ‘Haven’t Left Home 4 4 Days’ is uncannily on the mark - we know that feeling all too well - with a dream-pop tone recalling Teresa Winter at her quietest, with ‘Crash Sedative’ surgeon off any slumber feels with beautifully quizzical, whimsical flurry of keys, but ultimately we’re just here in ‘1 Room’, with what sounds like a stray Theo Parrish chord sequence drifting in from the street, and the day blurs into the next.