Boomkat Product Review:
Spencer Doran presents an exquisite mixtape of Translations in the tradition of his and Ryan Carlile’s much-loved Fairlights, Mallets, and Bamboo and Interiors selections as Visible Cloaks; coolly prepping the scene for their keenly awaited Reassemblage album with a filigree, seamless run of Japanese ambient, Italian spiritual minimalism and early software-based generative music experiments.
This is aural gold, no less. As with their aforementioned mixes, the duo plumb the depths of that early ‘80s intersection between 4th world ambient, Japanese pop and digital synth sounds to reveal a lush chromatic spectrum of intricate harmonic arrangement and tantalising, oneiric melodies that tease the head into a beautifully pellucid, introspective state.
Divided into Day and Night sections, the former weaves Japanese music thru deconstructed human voices and contributions from peers and contributors to Reassemblage, ribboning out with a lustrous and deeply psychedelic allure which is an absolute pleasure to experience - something akin to a head-cleaning dose of Wabi-Sabi for your cluttered life. The Night section pursues that muse thru an expanded context of haunting Eastern Bloc choral music and the kind of Italian spiritual minimalism you might find on Die Schachtel or Alga Marghen, all free-floating tones threaded with sylvan solo piano keys and daubs of gorgeousness from their close collaborator, Motion Graphics.
It’s one of the sweetest tapes you’ll hear all year. Warmest recommendations!