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Room40 follow an absorbing 2018 introduction to L.A.’s Geneva Skeen with an enchanted suite of pulsing drone techno and ambient experiments laced with spectral vocal glossolalia.
Geneva has since released a tape for Crystalline Morphologies, ‘Dream State’ (2019), and a few digital tracks for Touch, but ‘Double Bind’ is her most significant release to date, collecting her thoughts over the last year into an elusive but strongly evocative 2nd album, proper. The interdisciplinary artist draws inspiration from a “bleak but transformative period of time” when the world radically changed to provide what she terms “an extra verbal expression of my interior experience,” supplying sympathetically etheric space for heads to wander and perhaps lose themselves for the duration.
Her 7 pieces unfurl with a certain sort of Lynchian L.A. noir, arriving with the clammy-palmed ambience and systolic drone techno thrum of ‘Mirror Glimpse’, and luring us into waking dream back-alleys between the textured concrete ambience and headless voices of ‘Leveled Ground Bottomless Pit’, reverberant drones recalling Delia Derbyshire’s dreamworks, and more physically powerful demonstrations of minimalism that recall Eleh via Marina Rosenfeld in the 11 minute centrepiece ‘Urstomtal’, thru to proper, post-apocalyptic panoramas ‘There Is A Universe Where Time Flows Backwards’ which calls to our mind what it must have felt like to experience California’s hellish wildfires.