Boomkat Product Review:
NYC's Veronica Lauren occupies frayed textural space between the physical and liminal on a deliciously smudged echo of West Coast-styles, puckered new age synths and briny Drexciyan beatdown released on the perennially reliable RVNG Intl.
Operating under the VHVL alias - an acronym for Very High, Very Low - Veronica Lauren perceptively explores the fuzzy ambiguity of human/machine relations and responses with an elusive grasp of rhythmelody and vibe. ‘Hem/Sew’ snugly nests that sound inside RVNG Intl's roster of likeminds, resonating the unbleached dub of Sun Araw as much as Robert A.A. Lowe’s wistful wanderings or Lucretia Dalt’s slowburn tang, but with added, hazily baked West Coast beat scene via Andy Stott’s knackered house and a bluesy sort of soul introspection
Using Roland’s SP-303 and SP-404 sampling units, and guided by Jungian psychology and theories of meta-cognition, VHVL generates a spectra of absorbing textural movements in a style that been developed since 2013’s self-released debut ‘Mhyrrh’. That record’s titular synaesthetic connotations are a key to the sound on ‘Hem/Sew’, too. In ten concise parts VHVL deploys smartly short-circuiting and distorting perceptions of tone, texture and timbre between the silty bliss of opener ’Ahi’ and the underwater sublimation of ‘Dwn’, with a fractured crystalline quality to the wavy lattice of ‘Hem’, and sultry slosh of kneaded subbass and bittersweet soul efflorescence in ‘Sew’ at the record’s fuzzy heart, while the highlight ‘RPG’ teases out fizzing fractals in the space between Drexciya and Samiyam.