Boomkat Product Review:
Slowfoam aka Madalyn Byrd's excellent mappa debut is inspired by Donna Haraway's enduring ecofeminist theories, highlighting the beauty that lies between the artificial and natural worlds, using subtle-but-complex synthesis, instrumental elements and eloquent environmental recordings on a tip that will appeal if yr into West Mineral Ltd., claire rousay, Félicia Atkinson, Jan Jelinek.
‘Worlding with Earth' de-emphasises the perceived hierarchy of acoustic v synthetic sounds, intertwining them to generate something holistic that's gloriously forward-facing. While their sounds can be lumped in with the post-Jelinek sprawl of after-hours neo-ambient psychedelia, there are crafty deviations that nudge them into new territory, rolling from sparky, hi-BPM rhythms to a delicate gauze of warm, billowing pads and hypnotic vocal loops.
On 'Relief Forged on Ancient Plateaus', the Berlin-based artist lets crackling sounds grow from glassy, Bola-esque pads, eventually using faint, choral voices to bring the track back down to earth. On 'Soft Montage of Hypotactic Logic', Byrd splices chirpy dialog samples ("what am I?") into soupy sonics, building a virtual eco-dome out of fritzed jazz drums, toy synths and hissing field recordings. At times, their ideas rub up against those of label-mate Atte Elias Kantonen, but where Kantonen prefers to exist in a realm of pure fantasy, Byrd proposes a reality that's in harmony with nature. Their environment teems with life.