Boomkat Product Review:
Quietly majestic, therapeutic synth plumes from Zaheer Gulamhusein’s Xvarr alias, returning to the fray on his Twin Womb label after a few fallow years since his still haunting turns for Good Morning Tapes
‘Posism’ takes its cue from Paschal Beverly Randolph, and turns that inspiration into a swirling suite of spirited synth music comparable to aspects of Coil, Abul Mogard and Kevin Drumm. As anyone who has encountered Xvarr’s music before will surely attest; he’s a low key, if overlooked, visionary of modern synth music whose music taps into rarer states of mind.
His latest is patently blessed with this appeal at its most elusive yet absorbing, and with a sense of strung out melancholy that’s very much attuned to the zeitgeist, perhaps understandably so as it was produced during 2020 “as a means of communication between two individuals grappling with reality.” The other ‘entity’ in this formulation is not disclosed to us - perhaps a physical being, or perhaps a sort of psychopomp or spirit akin to Coil’s ELpH - but either way they lend a depth of presence to the music that appears to speak from beyond, and pushes the work into increasingly perplexed, abstract and uncertain terrain by the journey’s end.
One for the deeper synth nauts.