Precious spectral psychedelia and downer kosmische spells cast by Matt Christensen (Zelienople) and Circle Bros. Christensen’s 18-minute ‘Driving At Night (Part 4)’ is a guitar-ambient tour de force that nods to both the ethereal liquid-shimmer of Robin Guthrie and Michael Brook and the guileless existential ache of Vini Reilly, with a bit of Roy Montgomery and Steve Tibbetts’ rugged mountainscaping thrown in for good measure. Pure joy!
But I have to say it’s the two Circle Bros tracks on the flip that have blown me away, perhaps because they don’t give up their secrets quite so easily, and also cos they have a more agoraphobic, DIY, quietly deranged sensibility about them. ‘Work, Sleep, Repeat’ is a heart-stopping frieze of whining but oddly comforting home-appliance drones and understated, courtly guitar patterns, reminding us - obliquely - of early 2000s free-folk/post-rock underground fare from Red Kites, Ben Chasny, Dean Roberts, and the like. ‘Repeat, Repeat, Repeat’ is even more potent, a stripped-back, time-bending acid-folk reverie that goes to work on us like quicksand, and is poised perfectly - uneasily - between song-form and abstraction, building inexorably from a sigh to a roar and a reckoning of sorts. What just happened here?! Wonderfully unassuming, yet properly awe-inspiring stuff. MUSIC! Edition of 120 copies, in lush screen printed sleeves.