Boomkat Product Review:
Released in very scarce quantity, this is Madalyn Merkey’s absorbingly ferric POP one-two for the now-defunct Chantal; a subprint of Chicago’s Lynn label, whose ace digital releases are now available on our site.
We’ve had an ear on Mills College alumni Madelyn’s work since we got snagged on her sublime Scent LP in 2012 (run, go check it!), and bar the lush archipelago of her Valley Girl  LP in the meantime, these tapes give a rare, obfuscated glimpse into her current working practice.
Just like Scent, there’s a magnetic synaesthetic attraction to these tapes. Madalyn’s dreamily riffing vocals hold the centre, intersecting warped varispeed tape loops at strange angles, sometimes gelling, but more often skewhiffed in a fragrant fuss of dust and spritzed avant-Pop ephemera.
We can hear a sort of analogue for this sound in Teresa Winter’s odder nooks and folds, but Madalyn is perhaps best compared with Louis Johnstone’s collapsing the electronics of Wanda Group into his improv folk jazz pop thing, Henry Caravan, and then fermenting the lot with a bag of Haribo and iron filings.