Boomkat Product Review:
After bringing Eartheater to PAN’s attention, the lysergic ambient-pop bubblebath of her debut lands on vinyl with Chicago’s underground incubator, Hausu Mountain
Lauded in 2015’s EOY lists by the likes of FACTmag and The Quietus, ‘Metalepsis’ is a perhaps surprisingly spacious and formless precedent to the aggy, gnashing styles of Alex Drewchin aka Eartheater’s ‘IRISIRI’ album for PAN in 2018. Sharing psychy influence with her work in Guardian Alien alongside Greg Fox (Liturgy), the nine songs of her debut release are mired in distortion and sound like the ramblings of an acid frazzled mind, only hinting at the style of up-to-the-minute, experimental, detourned pop and metal she would arrive at.
Drewchin’s vocals feel hushed, scatty and filtered underwater, while the instrumental backdrops tentatively blossom and wilt in emphasised cycles of entropy. Essentially she’s metastasizing a sort of dream-pop echo of the whole new weird americana movement of the ‘00s, hybridising lysergic folksy whims with iridescent digital electronics to update that style for this decade’s time-out-of-sync logic, in key with the shellsuit tracky and net art imagery of the album sleeve.
Daisy-chained FX and pastoral ephemera wash throughout the side, shoring up balmy beauties in the like of her trembling ambient folk-pop figure ‘Homonyms’ and the glossolalic dictaphone memo ‘Put A Head In A Head’, while fractal traces of electronics and pop detritus inform her ‘Youniverse’, and distant techno rumblings hoof under the rustic strings of ‘Sigil Life’, which, together with the bittersweet, astringent electronics of ‘Orbit’ featuring Hausu co-founder (and Tim Heidecker collaborator!) Doug Kaplan give the strongest if elusive taste of Eartheater’s future trajectory.