Boomkat Product Review:
Austin, TX’s HoloDeck (S U R V I V E, Marie Davidson, Samantha Glass) present a locally sourced album of reconstituted 2-step, techno and ambient electronics by Shawhin Izaddoost a.k.a. VVV, whom you may remember from that glut of future garage tools on Fortified Audio c. turn of this decade.
"Why El Paso Sky night not be what you expect from HoloDeck, but it fits perfectly into their scifi-toned aesthetic as well as anything else on the label, raiding what he needs from a plethora of styles, and fusing their sawn-off elements in dangerously unbalanced arrangements torn between noisy, deconstructionist tendencies, gauzily evocative harmonies and delirious dancefloor pressure, often within the same track.
Coincidentally enough, the elaborate nature of VVV’s noisier parts recall the calligraphic chaos of another Iranian artist, Ash Koosha, but the similarities end at their beats and VVV’s schizzy swing between melancholy, urgent and paranoid feelings, conveyed strongest through the Burial-esque No Left Hand Turn, in the deliquescent melodies and prim triplets of Blankets, at its hardest , moodiest with Lens & Filter Repair Station, or widescreen and windswept in the album’s title track."
RIYL S U R V I V E, Burial, Ash Koosha