Boomkat Product Review:
Alexander Tucker makes a welcome return with this excellent new album for Thrill Jockey, and with a far more accessible sound to boot. Working with revered multi-instrumentalist Daniel O'Sullivan (Æthenor/Guapo/Mothlite), free improv drummer Paul May and additional vocals from Duke Garwood and Jesse Bryant, 'Dorwytch' greatly expands his sound with the feel of an accomplished ensemble, featuring lushly layered strings and subtle use of synths to weave flesh onto the intricately wizened bones of his uncanny, eldritch folk. The suite revolves around themes of "human/plant matter transcendence" inspired by notorious Head and fellow comic artist, Alan Moore, and manifested in the meditative purity of his tones and drones, especially in the likes of the surprisingly synth-heavy Kosmiche episode 'Half Vast' and the reversed loops of 'Jamie'. However they're both instrumental, and it's really his rich vocals and sublimely dissonant style of string-picking which is at the core of Alexander's music. Embodying this most intimate element, 'Red String' weaves his multi-tracked vocal harmonies around uncanny chord changes, joined by Jesse Bryant's female vocal accompaniment at crucial moments, to command our wide-eyed attention from start to finish, and similarly with the subtle application of electronics to his pellucid English diction on 'Skeletor Blues'. To be totally honest, i've never really fancied this guy's music much in the past, but the elevated production values and ethereal embellishments in 'Dorwytch' have revealed something which should be ignored at the risk of missing out on some exceptionally affective music.