Boomkat Product Review:
First vinyl issue of ‘Circumfluence’, a singular, epic suite of mulched shoegaze and ambient experiments made by Korean duo Puredigitalsilence in 1998, and sounding uncannily like Leyland Kirby jamming with Mark Hollis in a parallel universe...
Salvaged by Daehan Electronics, who were behind LPs of Kim Byoung Duk’s avabnt-garde jazz and Liquid Liquid drummer Dennis Young’s ‘Quest’ in 2018, ‘Circumfluence’ is one of those records that appears out of nowhere to effortlessly bridge loads of stylistic gulfs, only to then recede into the undergrowth until someone with big enough ears comes along and recognises its worth.
Keen ears will latch straight onto the rotted bluster of opener ‘Oceanview’, where they spend 23 limning a widescreen worldview as dense and sorely romantic as Leyland Kirby’s ‘Sadly The Future Is No Longer What It Was’ volumes with an array of analog electronics and drums’.
Once they’ve sucked you in and swilled you around for a bit, ’See Through Your Eyes’ evacuates into glorious ambient noise and by now you should really know why you made the purchase, as they continue to roll out into misty, slow, lysergic horror film themes with ‘Almost There’, and the heart-gnawing shoegaze bliss/ter of ‘Seeweed’ calves away to leave the coruscating might of ‘Image Eldétique’ feat. Day-tripper, and what sounds like a prototypical Sun Araw on ‘Death (Live at Ssamzie 2001.2.24)’.