Artist: Aaron Roche (w/ R Stevie Moore and Shahzad Ismaily)
Title: Cyclocardoray / Synthessiah
Label: La Station Radar
Format: 7” vinyl, edition of 300
Genre: psyche, folk, indie
Here’s something interesting. The legendary R Stevie Moore and the experimental Shahzad Ismaily team up with Dan Burns to make a few tracks with Aaron Roche. The results of this collaboration are nothing short of awesome, and well worth a listen.
The blending of indie rock, gentle psyche and mellow folk create a smoothie of sound. It’s something artists and music lovers should take note of, as this is done so effortlessly and perfectly that I think this recording will set new precedents. The influences here are evident and rather than sounding like a rehash of old, worn out music, the final product sounds new, dreamy and profound while still giving the feeling of a half forgotten, hazy memory of years gone by. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but that’s how I see it.
The A-side is a gem. An instantly likable track, it floats along, barrowing tiny traces of psyche, indie and folk, perhaps like mixing Fleet Foxes, REM, Amorphous Androgynous and the Verve together, but adding shots of bittersweet dreams, smoke and nostalgia trips. This track is thick and astonishingly well produced. This is a must-hear track, something perfect to welcome the oncoming heat of summer with.
The B-side travels on a similar path. Hushed acoustic guitar, softer percussion and melodically layered vocals give this the same semi-dream state feel as the opening track. The pitch of the vocals is a bit higher, though the genre blend is still very much the same. Lyrically, this piece holds up extremely well. I can see this track getting onto an indie/art film soundtrack as well as entertaining folks on the radio. Flawless.
Should you buy this? I know my review is a tad bit short, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Fans of the aforementioned genres should love this, and even if you’re not, you should at least check this out. Like I said, this is an extremely likable release and the craftsmanship is excellent. Take a listen and/or order it here.
4.7 out of 5.