Boomkat Product Review:
Elegant as you like ASMR microsound from Glaswegian duo Soft Tissue, following their excellent 2019 debut for Penultimate Press. Diaphanous pin-prick environmental crackle, digitally enhanced drone and collapsed feedback for fans of Richard Chartier's LINE imprint, Kim Cascone, Microstoria etc.
"hi leaves" is an album that's so well constructed it almost disappears into the architecture, dematerializing into a world filled with tiny incidental sounds. It's microsound - heavily influenced by the 1990s Cologne scene centered around the a-muzik store and label - but given a fresh lick of paint, bringing it in line with the modern taste for ASMR and hi-end recording techniques.
Tracks are titled simply and effectively, so we can get at a peek into Feronia Wennborg and Simon Weins' process: 'silver tubes' sounds like metal pinging, grazed by slippery digital glitches and magnetic currents; 'table' is the sound of objects scraping over a table, amplified with a terrifying sense of perspective; 'vocod' is a selection of recordings channeled through a vocoder; and 'plant pot' is the alarming hollow interior of a cylindrical object.
At least, this is what we're guided to assume. Soft Tissue have dissected each sound digitally with such precision that there's a sense we could be listening to anything. Closing track 'kettle' is as gorgeous a selection of tender tonal drone as you're likely to find, scoped from the most banal subject matter.
Really spiky, glassy music, ideal for fans of the long-defunct Ritornell label.