Boomkat Product Review
If you're ever going to literally judge an artist by their name, now is the time. Spectrum Spools proudly present the highly anticipated vinyl debut of Derek Gedalecia's Head Boggle project. After laying down the groundwork with releases on a stack of cassette labels, his eponymous long player is a disorienting, meticulously thunked-out manifestation of his far-reaching acoustic/electronic research; a febrile mass of sounds captured, triggered, played and edited with uncanny sleight of hand and incisive narrative vision. With a "kitchen sink" approach to composition he navigates Moogs, Harmonica, Banjo, Harpsichord, Irish Harp, EMS Synthi, Violin, Drums, Clavinet, Serge Modular, field recordings and more with the stealth of an invisible man in a hall of mirrors, eluding detection of any perceived human input through adroit misdirection and supernaturally fluid, diffuse arrangements. Barely any 2 seconds or phrases will repeat themselves; we're constantly chased down the wormhole, dissolved in pools of frothing analog tones, swilled by convulsing matrices and reconstituted in wild and alien new forms. It's surely the most enthralling, precisely complex and abstract release on this label since Bee Mask's widely celebrated 'Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico' - at once succinct and deliriously rambling in the most fascinating fashion. Highly recommended.