Boomkat Product Review:
After a cult tape and 12” for TTT, S. London’s Waswaas commits a deeper exploration of erotic ambient fetishes on their first self-released title - a must check for fans of Xvarr, CTI, Adi Newton, Perila, Coil
Under a moniker that literally refers to “whispers from Satan,” and is better taken as a metaphor for doubts and temptations - or OCD and neuroses - Waswaas pursues a strain of eroticised ambient practice that’s been supine in the gaps between ambient, new age, and industrial musick since the early ‘80s in releases by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Adi Newton’s projects (Clock DVA, Psychophysicist,) and more recently via Perila’s records. Of course, the notion of erotic ambient is highly subjective, but Waswaas handles the matter sensitively and without recourse to anything explicit, preferring to relate his thoughts in more obliquely suggestive designs that may connote myriad different meanings to its users.
Leading on from last year’s ‘Memories of Perversions,’ its follow-up album gently penetrates the senses with 1 hour of slow moving, oily and intoxicating atmospheres that absorb us steeply into their layered textures. With no detectable human voices or touches, he opens out a sort of wipe-clean neurogenous playground for personal investment and investigation, encouraging heightened states of sensitivity thru his hallucinatory insights and nuanced grasp of consonnance/dissonance, and the evocative, ambiguous integers between.