Boomkat Product Review:
Sincere Void is the first major release from Brooklyn musician Jonas Asher. Having previously released via small cassette or CD-R runs, this luscious new collection of ambient compositions finds Asher not only receiving the backing of the ever-influential Root Strata label, but also fellow abstract electronics maestro, Taylor Deupree, who masters the album. The content of this music feels a little grittier and more coarsely analogue in character than anything you'd be likely to hear on 12k, but there's a clear thread of common ground between Grasslung and the kind of micro-ambiences that label specialises in. Opening cut 'Scarred Hands We Drift' has to be one of the most immediate and all-round beautiful short-form drone pieces of the year, almost sounding like pop music with its levitating chord interchange and vibrant sonic character. From here onwards the album opens up to involve more obviously physical and acoustic sounds, whether that be the gravelly loop fragments of 'Roland Park Noose' or the glitchy architecture of piano composition 'Tired Of Remembering'. Striving for more grandiose planes, 'Feeding Your Vanity' recalls The Sight Below, while the exceptional 'When We Were Young' reverts to a more humble mode dominated by tremulous synth lines and glassy, slow-shifting organ-like figures. Excellent stuff - limited to 500 copies.