Boomkat Product Review:
After divergent solo forays, contemporary kosmische titans reconvene Barn Owl with the majestic 'V'. Since their last LP in 2011 the duo have individually experimented with a growing electronic arsenal, notably Jon Porras adopting elements of minimal techno and noise as Vallens, and Evan Caminiti amping his synths on 'Dreamless Sleep'. This growing taste for circuitry deeply informs the textures and space of 'V' and its companion piece, 'Factory Sessions/Live at the Berkeley Art Museum'. Devoted to the dark side, 'V' sets off with the cavernous 'Void Redux', shaping their spatial parameters with abyssal bass and skeletally dubbed-drum machines implying connection with Raime or Demdike Stare while the synths and treated guitar diffuse into unfathomably wide doom dub space, before casting 'The Long Shadow''s desert-scanning guitars and lurching into desolate yet pent up kosmic dub on 'Blood Echo'. Resolving the A-side's kosmic anxiety they really spill their minds on a 17 minute edited improvisation 'The Opulent Decline', strongly reminding of Popol Vuh. Highly recommended.