Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from last year's superb double header of Blood Lightning 2007 and Operator Dead... Post Abandoned C. Spencer Yeh returns with yet more essential solo disclosures, and he's sounding more approachable than ever. Challenger begins with a melancholy, slightly ambiguous sequence of tones, which eventually find themselves intruded upon by some abrupt field recorded sounds. As a second track, 'Beauty Hunter' makes a more fiery, more familiar clamour, distorting and morphing what you'd presume to be Yeh's violin. It's in the album's quieter moments that things get really interesting: I genuinely have no idea what's going on to make the odd, ambient clacking that is 'No Memories, No Plans', and the strange organs and mechanisms behind 'Un Coeur En Hiver' make for a strangely emotive, magical mixture of sonic upsets. Perhaps best of all, 'Mezzo Forte' is probably one of the weirder things you'll get to hear this week. It starts off with some truly bizarre vocal layering and manipulation, before simple, quite stately piano chords set out an intro to something that never quite happens, and waves of kinetic, frenzied noise gets piled on... it's all very odd, but utterly magnificent stuff.