Boomkat Product Review:
Vancouver-based SKRS collaborator wzrdryAV follows up 2020's 'West Coast Systems' with a second set of processed field recordings and hazed synthesis designed to create "deep languid sonic spaces". Gorgeous low-key ambience for fans of Jake Muir, Ulla, or latter-day Biosphere.
Inspired by a love of turntablism and hip-hop as much as his academic studies into granular synthesis, Kelly Claude Nairn's music is ambient, but self-aware. On Vol. 2 he looks to areas far beyond his home on the Canadian West Coast thru manipulated field recordings from the World Soundscape Project library at Simon Fraser University - many of which were recorded to analog tape in the 1970s.
Nairn's music is distant and fuzzy, but - like Andrew Pekler - he sounds like he's making soundtracks to imaginary places rather than awkward ethnographic studies. Nairn's interest in sampling and turntable techniques slip into the mix too, giving them a lilting pitch-shifted bent that feels both psychedelic and seasick. The album works best listened to from beginning to end, but 'Librarian' is a particular stand-out, sounding like a half-remembered wildlife documentary.