Boomkat Product Review:
Gently spellbinding incursions on fourth world interzones by two snowbound Canadians, tipped to followers of the axis from Jon Hassell to O Yuki Conjugate, Aleksi Perälä and Civilistjävel!
Next in Séance Centre’s “Speculative Ethnography” series, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ sees previous label alum Joseph Shabason meet mysterious operator Vibrant Matter for an intimate, personalised investigation of the borderland twixt ambient armchair orientalism, placid home listening, and a particular strain of interest in ‘90s trip hop. With benefit of hindsight, it’s possible to say that new age and ‘90s trip hop were mutually exclusive vibes, as the latter hadn’t yet been rehabilitated as “cool” enough for the downbeat breaks gang, making this quartet of cuts effectively a kind of exercise in uchronic imaginative projection, where filtered jungle breaks and murky downbeats meet the jazzy, off-world optimism of ‘80s ambient.
Call it dirty ambient, a la O Yuki Conjugate, or a sort of spiritual successor to NYC illbient, the sound is grubbily appealing, finding a haunted sort of magic with the uncertain utopianism of ‘Rust’, and bridging lowkey ‘70s jazz-fusion lines of thought with smokier confutable needs in ‘Ah Bat Dee’, while ‘Winterhaze’ commits a unique fusion of Hassellian trumpet and shadow-strafing jungle breaks that really works a treat thanks to its gauzy mixing tekkerz, and ‘Daylight Savings’ flips the typical 4th world script to a subtly darker, quizzical agenda.