Cellophane Garden ‎– CG-1

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Drawing Room Records ‎– DRCS 0003
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August 1, 2016
Cellophane Garden, otherwise known as Kevin Blagg (with percussive backup from J. Seymore). CG-1, is the project’s debut on Drawing Room Records.

The opener “Wind Mirror” unfurls a dense waft of dark atmospheres and undulating drones, backed by laid back but insistent drums and celestial, cooing vocals. The slow burn sounds similar to Bowery Electric’s seminal Beat LP, shrouding itself in a thick haze of smoke and slurred, futuristic space music. “String Siren” takes a turn for much darker but equally ravishing elegance, floating in an aural pool of lightly serrated, sublimely paced drone rock.

Hints of American Analog Set’s earliest recordings, Yume Bitsu on downers, or Labradford’s more brighter moments come to mind, but this is the sound of Blagg’s own sonic territory.

At times left alone with exquisite micro-tonal drones and others full of headstrong rhythm, the track perfectly balances disparate vibes with ease. B-side opener “Mountain Wave” is by far the most emotionally charged piece here, traipsing a hopeful air of melancholic drones.

“Sonar Healing” closes out the tape in a heap of narcotic bliss, continuing the melancholic vibe in more transcendental terms. A slow, pulsing beat carries a series of echoed guitar lines a la Robin Guthrie, if the Cocteau Twin had stripped everything back to the barest essentials. Muted chemtrails of melody and guitar motifs cycle through the air with bold beauty, searing upon entry before fading into the horizon.

Bobby Power
Decoder Magazine
secretdecoder.net
June 17 2015