Boomkat Product Review:
Hot on the heels of his playfully aggro split release with Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ben Vida returns in more subdued mood with two extended sides of new age-inflected synth raga majesty. These pieces were actually created in 2008 as a soundtrack for a 5-channel synchronized video projection by Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib, but they’re plenty captivating even without visual accompaniment: ‘Synthesizers of The Atlantic East’ combines lunar drones and insect chatter with layered pipe sounds – the results sound like a bizarre but not unwelcome peyote reverie involving a gaggle of those CD-hawking Patagonian buskers that used to plague British town-centres. ‘Savages Of The Pacific West’ is a pychedelic Fourth World drone epic, that fetid rainforest ambience coming to the fore against a backdrop of malaria-lick synth tones and almost hauntological arpeggios – imagine the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on safari and you’ll have some estimation of this track’s electro-primitivist appeal. Superb.