Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
CD – Physical
Lesley Flanigan is an experimental electronic musician who lives in New York City and she certainly does not go unnoticed in her performances – both for her physical presence and for the use of a special tool set that consists of a mixer and some basic electronics, along with microphones and speakers housed in spartan self-built wooden crates. Flanigan is inspired by the physicality of sound and often uses her DIY setup to accompany her own voice, creating a short circuit of loops and distortion, dilated glitches and dronal structures. The title track, “Glacier” stirs up repetitive and hypnotic tonal patterns, exploring relationships between voice and feedback. The second track, “Shattering” uses only vocal surfaces, overlapping textures to create an idyllic and dreamy conceptual ballad that is both minimalist and charming. The single-tone sound devices homemade by Flanigan are gorgeous in a live context, where full resonation imparts warm and comfort, but in an album version we must be content to go without this experience. Prominent here are long, indistinct buzzing notes that issue from the speaker-synths, as well as modulated vocal insertions in carefully controlled iterations. It is difficult to escape the spell of such chants, with textures that react to narratives and spaces that reverberate subtle aural imperfections. A physical sense of bliss pervades every single moment of this project.
Lesley Flanigan – Glacier