Boomkat Product Review:
This one's a bit special, the debut release from Cy An, a crucial member of FKA Twigs’ band and production team since LP1, making a highly impressive maiden solo voyage with a slab of self-released sublime tension for his own label, lighting up heady noumenal space somewhere between 0PN and Visionist, or Arca and Kuedo.
It feels like another piece of FKA Twigs’ tessellating 3D puzzle falling into place, as you begin to grasp a sense of the other personalities and sonic traits that were subsumed into what is arguably this decade’s definitive (avant)pop project.
K gives the EP a nervously tentative start, all fluttering high register tones anchored only by strokes of sweeping subbass, establishing massive spatial dimensions where brassy notes freeze at the top and wilt like metal petals thru the mix between piped choral voices and post-junglist glitches, then MINUS ONE firms up, alternating tightening and loosening the screws of footwork-trap-trance convention to unfold and morph like an origami’d smack foil.
Turn the page and Sprawl Monolith farther belies Cy An’s murky sci-fi roots in a vertiginous piece scaling cinematic heights of cascading arpeggios and over swirling, Reese-like basses in weightless, OOBE style, and Azrael Rotor closes the chapter with a teasing sense of modern classical ambiguity, leaving us on tenterhooks for more.