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After really snagging our attention with the electro-acoustic sorcery of ’Freedom’, Yvette Janine Jackson supplies a stunning 2nd release; an utterly absorbing 20 mins of avant sci-fi noir jazz soundtrack scaping for Longform Editions
Occupying her own slipstream of consciousness, Jackson doubles what we know of her music with ‘Test Flight No. 1’, offering an equally inventive but far more elusive angle that encompasses streaking cinematic synths, treacly subbass and sax in properly beguiling style. Again, her work here is rooted in her practice as theatrical sound designer, and her fascination with the fantastical radio plays of the ‘30s, and uses these relatively anachronistic reference points in the uncanniest ways that finely reprise a sense of mystery and immersive appeal specific to them, but in a personalised, timeless manner.
Lodging to these ears somewhere between Chris Marker’s soundtrack to ‘La Jetée’, elements of Louis & Bebe Barron’s ‘Forbidden Planet’, the enigma of Teresa Winter’s hardest-to-place works, or even Nate Young’s ‘Regression’ sessions; the 20’ piece unfurls like a febrile dream with a mind-bending sense of hypnagogia, feeling as though we’re melded into a moebius tape loop smeared with sax and synth gunk that gradually, haphazardly slackens and warps under its its own strange pressure systems. It’s somehow enervated yet full of intrigue, organic but alien, and just properly trippy in the best way.