Boomkat Product Review:
Deadly screwy weirdness from Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt keenly anticipated first full-length communion, getting down with supremely grubby weirdo pop for Dilloway's cult Hanson imprint.
Ten years ago, Dilloway & Dalt met at a festival in Spain and traded releases - when Dalt was asked who she wanted to tour with in North America a few years later, Dilloway immediately came to mind. Needless to say, the pair quickly developed a keen mutual appreciation for eachother's work and began recording together - 'Lucy & Aaron' is the long-in-the-making result. The album was recorded in New York City, Berlin and Dilloway's base of Oberlin, Ohio, and feels both urgent and reactive - a true meeting of minds that balances the duo's respective ideas into something altogether new.
While both artists typically prize slow tempos in their work, they each bring a variable sort of intensity and diffusion of energies to proceedings, with Dalt’s unresolved pop forms kept perfectly frayed by Dilloway’s off-centre tape loops, and likewise with Dalt pulling her spar back from the brink of psychotomimetic possession by dint of her natural pop urges. Even though locked to a loop, the results are disorienting, approximating the feeling of drifting thru corridors that loop into each, a sensation aided by the track sequencing’s mix of imperceptible joints and jump-cuts, with the two relishing in gurning their vocals in hall-of-mirrors warp webbed with spindly synths and queasy grooves that screw us right into their perpendicular dimensions.
'Lucy & Aaron' feels unique and special; there's a general mood that evokes the essence of the "new weird America" movement of the mid-00s, but piped into a contemporary mold that defies easy categorisation. It's highly satisfying to hear two singular artists sharing an appreciation for each other's work while managing to transform that appreciation into art that celebrates not only their similarities, but also their differences.