Boomkat Product Review:
Lucy Dunscombe’s stunning self-released debut is a dreamlike avant-ambient-pop distillation of online life, featuring an array of manipulated vocals narrating pristine soundscapes that sound like a modern equivalent of Japanese environmental recordings, rebuilt for the digital domain. Highly recommended if yr into Hiroshi Yoshimura, Klein x Mark Leckey.
Enamoured with melody and animated with small sound detail and additional, instrumental ornamentation by Ailie Ormstom, ‘The Rapture Of Cellular Accretion’ is a striking debut put together by Glasgow based artist Lucy Dunscombe in early 2021, prior to her 10” with 12th Isle.
Conceived around the act of sharing music and building alternative social spaces in the digital realm, the release obliquely and craftily reflects on the way we’ve all come to embrace the surreality of the experience in a highly sound sensitive way.
With her vocal processed in pitch and glitch to resemble a range of voices, from naif gynoid to queered curdle, R&B-esque to ambient choral siren, the 10 tracks shapeshift in shimmering slow motion as though we micro-dosed mushies with our shreddies, creating a sense of surreal, detached familiarity so emblematic of our age.
It’s a real, rare delicacy of contemporary experimentation; and an essential listen for anyone interested in the stranger nooks of c.21st electronic music from the uncanny valley.