Boomkat Product Review:
EMS Synthi 100 explorations from Canadian electronic composer for the justly-named Important Records.
Celebrated synthesist Sarah Davachi makes the first of two late plays for the EOY list season with Vergers, a sumptuous three-track meditation that finds a welcome home on Important. Whereas previous work from Davachi, such as last year’s Students Of Decay stunner Baron’s Court, saw the Canadian display her prowess and compositional skill with a multitude of synths, Vergers finds her focussing on just the rather large and unwieldly EMS Synthi 100.
In Davachi’s hands, the Synthi 100 becomes a beast of great power and emotion, and Vergers catches you from the off thanks to 21-minute opener Gentle, So Gentle. Subtle compositional shifts make this an enveloping exercise in minimalist drone, Davachi’s own voice and violin delicately intertwined with the glacial flow.
Ghosts And All sees Davachi bring the violin to the fore, the instrument offering a stark tonal voice over the simmering EMS murk beneath, whilst closer In Staying sees Davachi at her most foreboding.