Boomkat Product Review:
Berlin's Vaagner/Vaknar label taps Jeremiah M. Carter for the second part of his anxious triptych, another dusted ambient voyage into soft-focus acoustic instrumentation, analog synth melt and elongated drone. RIYL Celer, Forest Management, KMRU.
Like many of us, Nashville-born Jeremiah Carter was thrown into chaos and spiraling anxiety in 2020 as the pandemic and lockdown measures ruptured the normality of his existence. But despite the uncertainty, Carter was able to find the time to dedicate himself to music, expunging his turbulent emotions as raw composition. He wrote so much material that it formed the basis of a triptych, three albums that began with "Rejoice", released on Opal Tapes, Vaknar and A Sunken Mall back in 2020. The second part is even stronger, a whisper-quiet hum of delicate electro-acoustic dreamweaving, hazy long-form synth sweatiness and cautious, meditative drone. There's even a nifty nod to Enya-esque vocal pop.
Early album tracks like the industrial 'Give it the Shade' and frothy 'Midday and Midday and Midnight' are par for the course if you're familiar with Carter's previous material, or indeed the Vaknar label. Carter's resolve is strong though and he's able to effortlessly flit from humid Steve Roach-ian new age into distorted foley-fuct drone with barely a wave of the hand. But the record really gets moving when the calm is interrupted and more personal, short-form tracks like the piano-led 'He Speaks Truly...' and moving spoken word spooker 'Now Shrinks the Place...' make themselves known. These flow into the album's standout track 'A Thread By Which...', a slow-paced micro epic that layers gorgeous vocals over cracking, negative-space electronix. Very nice.