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Black Truffle continue to impress with this epic suite of pitch-fukt guitar and electronix from Berlin-based virtuoso Julia Reidy. Properly singular material that fuses Reidy's immense knowledge of American primitive folk music with microtonal experimentalism and abstract pop vocalizing. Decidedly uncool, and all the better for it - RIYL Bill Nace, Heather Leigh or Teresa Winter.
'World in World' is another exceptional set from Berlin-based guitarist and composer Julia Reidy, following 2019's Black Truffle-released 'In Real Life' and 2020's 'Vanish' on Editions Mego. Her combination of US folk levity and European minimal techniques is still breathtakingly singular, but here she sublimes those flavors into a dense pink vapor of warped shoegaze and left path dreampop. The title track rises like heat haze, with rapturous wordless Autotuned vocals that wrap themselves around microtonally tuned electric guitar strums and galloping delay FX. It's the kind of music that plays like an auditory illusion: if you're not paying close attention it could sound straightforward, but lean further in and its fluxed intonation and peculiar timing starts to dilate the mind.
There are moments on the album when her elegiac compositions reflect Roy Montgomery's DIY levity. Her music is similarly focused wholeheartedly around the guitar, but it's the subtle additional touches that lift it into its own category. On some tracks - like the eerie 'Poised' - it's the subtle use of effects that stands out. The way the guitar is tuned is impressive enough, but the weightless synthesized trails and booming echo slapbacks become almost another instrument in Reidy's arsenal. In the wrong hands, these touches might blur the message or sit awkwardly like technological markers, but Reidy frames it just exactly right - the same is true of her whispered vocals that provide light accompaniment without ever overwhelming her compositions. Sometimes, it's just the click of her guitar pedals that provides enough to offset the eerie lushness of her jangling folk futurism.
As a suite of music 'World in World' plays like a complete piece - nine variations on Reidy's tightly controlled process. It's best absorbed in one sitting, so the music's endless minuscule details can be enjoyed, and its peculiar tuning can shift yer perception fully. Stunner.