Boomkat Product Review:
With the Reassemblage album still glistening in the background, Visible Cloaks unpackage the filigree designs of their Lex mini-album for RVNG Intl., framing six lucid peeks into their hyperprism of ‘80s Japanese electronic music and noumenal new age inspirations.
Offering a sublime, absorbing survey of the uncanny perceptive valley between nature and electronic emulation, speech - both human and synthesised - is the central focus of VC’s 4th release. Used as legible chunks and also diffracted in myriad harmonic shimmers and psychoacoustic tones, human and synth voices lend melody, structure and weightless soul to Lex, blended with flurries of keys and punctuated in a way that feels we’re eavesdropping on a sweetly effortless dialogue between two or more AI, describing their feelings and opinions to each other in a language of gaseous harmonics, abstract acidic gestures and almost avian digital chatter.
The first five parts are all neatly succinct, arranged with an adroit, natural dynamism that recalls moments from Sugai Ken’s Japanese nightscapes in Transient, for example, as much as The Dirty Projectors’ wistful R&B chamber music on Frame, or James Ferraro’s Human Story or Burning Prius pieces in Keys or Lex. However, the most impressive part is World, where Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile push the ambient envelope to 14 minutes of floating hyaline structures and anaesthetising pads so effective that you’ll forget what you were listening to and just drift away within the first few minutes for the duration, we promise.