"Retro-futuristic" is a description that gets hurled around a bit, but it's rarely accurate - the vein of retro-futurism that it's become popular to draw on in recent years was occasionally funny and light-hearted, but it mostly spoke sincerely to the feeling of uncertainty and paranoia that was so pervasive in the 50s and 60s. This new collaboration between Aaron Martin and Justin Wright, the latest and final release in Preservation's Circa series, understands that. It uses those sounds and textures in a way that's compelling and listenable, but throughout Sleep Threaded Into Ashes there's a lingering sense of doom; an uneasy feeling that lasts from the Forbidden Zone-ish organ intro to the sheets of noise that creep in at the end. Light Poured Out Of Our Bones is out now through Preservation.
For the last instalment in their Circa series (all limited to 300 copies), Preservation capture the debut collaboration from astral traveller Justin Wright (Expo 70) and electro-acoustic explorer Aaron Martin. Both musicians have established illustrious, singular catalogues of electronic music with quite varying approaches, but consolidate a common ground on 'Light Poured Out Of Our Bones', realising an epically deserted, widescreen psychedelia as potently transcendent as anything they've done individually. We embark the journey with the out-of-body witness of 'Brush Fire', scanning a landscape of scorched-earth guitar noise with peyote vision, before the empty vastness of 'Moon Smoke' unfurls resonant plumes of psychedelic synth textures, and 'Sleep Threaded Into Ashes' heightens the mood with a religious reverie of grand organ swells and frothing electronics. The ultimate conclusion is the title track, an ecstatic eleven minute drone hypnotizer with a brooding undercurrent of sputtering machine rhythms and seething synth noise that'll either bring you back to earth or leave you frazzled and stranded.
Limited to 300 copies only. Released September 2011.