Boomkat Product Review:
Severin Black’s Archaic Vaults label nab our attention with a compilation of “durational ambience, field recordings, oversaturated improvisations and spatial synthetic loops” featuring exclusive contributions from Flora Yin-Wong and YL Hooi, whose presence here is basically all we needed to know to dive in.
Let’s start with those two highlights then; Flora Yin-Wong appears alongside Ciaran Jacob, about whom theres next to no info online, their ‘Dome C’ collab finding FYW at her most glacial and elegiac, complete with harp plucks and ambient pads, ASMR narration and waves lapping in a peaceful, transcendental style.
YL Hooi, for her part, winds a bed of clipped Linndrum snares around tape delayed vocals straight out the Macro Dub Infection playbook. Like pretty much all her work, Hooi references very specific moments along the continuum but fucks with them to the extent that every one of her productions sounds like nothing else. We’ve said it before - anything by, featuring or connected to YL Hooi - in any way whatsoever - should be considered an insta-cop.
Elsewhere, Saint Abdullah do a fragmented movie scene, L'vovna channels Depeche Mode’s ‘Pimpf’ played on cascading oscillators, Geklaper does granular Carpenter-esque soundscaping, A Colourful Storm’s Suburban Cracked Collective deploy a compelling slice of percolated ambient-pop, and label head Severin Black teams up with Istanbul’s Zeynep Ağcabay's for a quietly menacing growler.
As we might have mentioned before, comps aren’t typically our thing, but this one is nicely put together, featuring a strongly selected mix of emerging international upcomers alongside a smart choice of familiar faces - especially those FYW and YLH nuggets.