Boomkat Product Review:
Aguirre remind us of the trippy brilliance of hypnagogic hitman James Ferraro with the collected reissue of his Rerex volumes, part of the Summer Headrush series written in Antwerp, Belgium, summer 2009, and prompted by visualisations induced during hypnocapnia, or ‘choking oneself’.
Emulating effects not hugely dissimilar to inhaling balloons of nitrous oxide, or that dream state between wake and sleep, but extended for much longer, the Rerex trax spiral inwards to a free-falling head-space with an unnerving, lush yet haunting quality that’s defined Ferraro’s best works from his early new age zoners right up to his current Human Story volumes.
If anything, these are some of the most intense, mercurial examples of his earlier style, making a remarkable virtue of cheap casio keyboards and lowest-possible-fidelity recording techniques in his quest for the shittiest, realest spice of life; that floating-in-a-dead-mall buzz or subliminal ambient brainwashing sensation.
The effect is deeply disorienting, a fact completely compounded by the album’s duration, which when consumed as a two volume, 3LP set like this, is likely to send you into a proper eyes-in-back-of-head reverie, or possibly urge you to go barefoot and start wearing a kaftan.
Seriously, try this at an after-hours or just when you’ve got a day free for full, zonked submersion, but watch yourself with the hypnocapnia, kids.