Boomkat Product Review:
Root Strata co-owner Maxwell August Croy (En, Portraits) makes a very welcome solo debut with the release of his enchanting koto and piano recordings fused with romantic and subtly buzzing modular synth gestures in Kaniza, lovingly presented on Psychic Troubles Tapes.
Kaniza is a reel beauty, revealing Croy to be a dextrous, imaginative, and innovative solo artist after a string of collaborations with such variegated artists as Sean McCann, Mary Lattimore, Tujiko Noriko, and John Davis.
Its magick lies in the mixture of far flung instrumental accents and timbres, and the way in which they seem congeal on tape whilst retaining their individual characteristics - like a three way conversation between folk who don’t speak the same language, and who despite a struggle to convey their feelings, manage to get across to each other, whilst leaving room for unresolved misinterpretation and ambiguity, much as that situation would imply.
The tape’s ferric noise acts as unifying factor, infiltrating the resonant, acoustic space between his instrumental accents and the modular synth’s alien vernacular, which appears at varying distances and angles to enhance the dreamy, spaced out effect and recall some sorta of ancient, primitive communion of Alice Coltrane and Keith Fullerton Whitman recorded by extra terrestrials in Egypt.