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Shore-to-shore etheric dub techno bliss by Detroit’s Rod Modell of DeepChord, and Italian pioneer Gigi Masin, beautifully consolidating their respective aesthetics on two durational trips.
For many listeners of a sanguine disposition, ‘Red Hair Girl At Lighthouse Beach’ is a marriage made in ambient heaven. The two pieces find both artists at a certain position in their career arcs where both are particularly porous to collaborative energies, with Gigi beaming from the shores of the Venetian lagoon, and Modell transmitting from the frozen lakes of Michigan, they arrive at a union of floating choral castles in the sky buoyed by systolic subs, bathed in moonlight.
The title piece finds Modell take the lead with his signature, hearty bass underlining and propelling the hazed choral pads with ephemeral traces of Masin’s guitar for much of its 20 minute duration, before fading out and letting the harmonic thizz and thrum of kinetic field recordings wash over the soundfield.
Masin takes the lead on ’Summer Morning at Lighthouse Beach’, where they jettison the bass and diffuse it in tremulous electric guitar to evoke a shoreside mist, layering lens flare chords and gracefully lapping choral elements to sustained, heart-in-mouth effect.