Boomkat Product Review:
Silvia Kastel & Lizzie Davis (Wilted Woman) debut as Shakey with a wickedly off-kilter batch of screwball rhythms and ambient abstraction for NYC’s Palto Flats
Merging minds in syncretic fusions for early/late dancefloors and wonky all-dayers, the pair’s natural, mutual feel for fourth world vibes, musique concrète, and digi-dub seeps out in fascinating ways that variously recall the glistening enigmas of Visible Cloaks (and their cult Japanese influences) as much as Georgia’s wide-eyed weltanschaaung and the more experimental early strains of Laurel Halo and Karen Gwyer.
’Shakey’ slots very neatly among Palto Flat’s reissues of Japanese ‘80s ambient touchstones by Mariah, Yasuaki Shimizu and Midori Takada with a sound that could arguably almost come from ‘80s Tokyo as much as modern day London, where the duo reside and hold down esteemed NTS shows and play live and DJ. Futureproofed by their synthetic hardware texturing, the results are timelessly odd in a rhythmelodic way that weaves across continents, eras and dimensions with a breezy effortlessness and zonked effect.
The fractal fourth world jungle decimations of ‘Crayscandens’ trigger a killer set that scales between the waviest byzantine mazes of ‘Slappy’, to hyaline esoteric simulacra in ‘Dischidia’, and two true highlights in their melted ambient techno stepper ‘Moth’, and the underwater phantasy ‘E ocean.’