Boomkat Product Review:
Superb deep dives into ambient dub noise from Barn Owl’s Evan Caminiti, continuing a trajectory from stoner doom and drone into his most impressive, reverberating zones of tonal and textural introspection
After taking longer than usual between albums, Caminiti follows from 2017’s ‘Toxic City Music’ and the ‘Refraction’ (2019) aside for Make Noise Records with his most immersive, amorphous, and ephemeral batch of ambient dub exploration. Working somewhere between styles also explored by the West Mineral Ltd. lot (Huerco S., uon, Exael), Vladislav Delay, Pole and the likes of Montreal’s Automatisme, the 10 tracks on ‘Varispeed’ mess with the meter in subtle ways, diffracting his synth patches in adjacent, laminal flows of frayed and tangled polyrhythm that soon enough melt time away and absorb the listener into an OOBEscent state.
Over the past half decade Caminiti’s glacial metamorphosis from drone to dematerialised ambient dub has seen his work become as succinct as it is abstract. On ‘Varispeed’ he deftly uses a combination of tape and electro-acoustic process, coupled with “live electronics” by Lisa McGee to shape a series of organic-sounding ecologies where time moves to its own internal logic and no two seconds repeat themselves. His sounds stubble and fizz in naturally-occurring spasms and effervescent fits, fizzing and dissolving with a sense of cool urgency while ostensibly remaining static, in one place. It’s a sound surely worthy of comparison with the best at this style - from Bellows to Chain Reaction and the most elusive uon bits - but Caminiti has made a virtue of evoking an underlying narrative between the parts that really comes into its own with sequestered, immersed listening of the sort we’re all practising right now.