Boomkat Product Review:
A dead strong look for Drexciya or Laurel Halo heads, DR MYSTERY debuts on Michael Holland’s Ono incubator with a superb electro/synth-pop salvo full of rugged machine rhythms, subaquatic synths and dreamy vox.
Hailing from the Baltic region but based in Manchester for many years, DR MYSTERY is a masked enigma who has made her name playing live shows and DJ sets in her adopted home city. She now joins the likes of Tom Boogizm, Marlene Ribeiro (Negra Branca) and Dice Miller (Dali Maru & The Polyphonic Swarm) to present a notable first or formative work on Ono with ‘Far From Home’, a robust but sparingly assembled suite of sci-fi storytelling that expresses a certain sort of sehnsucht or hiraeth for her native lands, and a palpable, modernist sense of loneliness and resilience stemming from living in a familiar but foreign city.
‘Far From Home’ captures DR MYSTERY at the cusp of her journey ahead as a recording artist. Clocking in with the propulsive 808 tekkerz and reverberating vox of ‘Dialog That Needs Your Attention’, she enacts a compelling flight between electroid breaks reminding of early Radioactiveman or Two Lone Swordsmen on ‘Gaia’, thru a killer darkside dembow on ‘Petrichor’, to more optimistic electro-dreampop on ‘Opulence’. The beat-less shape of ‘Avalanche’ makes stark her knack for discretely captivating synth tones and arrangements, and the low-slung hip hop/electro of her title tune and the blunted swag of ‘Antares’ both uncannily recall Rat Heart’s blooziest.