Between two worlds

by Cynthia

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NORMAN RECORDS REVIEW 9/10
Cynthia are, and I quote, “a pair of well-known artists”. Wait, what? That’s IT? This is the only information Cynthia, the little teases, have seen fit to reveal about themselves, but I think it’s safe to say they’re not the Gallagher brothers.

The CD begins with ‘Between Two Worlds’, the titular track consisting of a long, hazy, fuzzy, distantly throbbing, Rothko painting / piece of deep ambience which, although starting in the most tranquil way, slowly builds into a more close-up techno pulse before this too ebbs back into a gloopy sea of white noise with electronic noises twittering and bursting through to unsettle you. It places the listener squarely between two places; one subtle and ambient and the other, noisy, chaotic, in bubbling turmoil, and poses you the question: can you treat those two [alien] imposters just the same? Can you listen to the track through its whole natural length duration (36 minutes - that’s longer than some complete albums!), particularly under the particular reviewing conditions and time constraints unique to the chair I currently sit in? Maybe. The ending is rather lovely and atmospheric. In an unsettling kind of way.

‘Between Wind and Water’ similarly invites you to sit through eerily whispering hiss on one side and the confused, distorted sound of...what.. animals / children… playing on the other side of a waterfall? But only for three minutes this time. ‘Scratching the Surface’ slowly reveals its subterranean hum from within concealed crevices, pieces of sonic information oozing out through the cracks. It could equally have a soothing or unsettling effect, depending on your mood. At the minute, I’m thinking it sounds like I’m standing up against the vent of a refrigeration unit at the back of Iceland. But maybe that’s because I’m sitting writing this here in a brutalist tower block on the hottest day this northern city has seen in years.

‘Between You and Me’ suddenly brings the bursting, pulsing noise. I was wondering when that would finally happen, it has been threatening in the background so far. Beautiful, harsh, abrasive electronic throb and metallic beats part-obfuscated by screams and squeals, it is impressively energising stuff. ‘Reassurance’ is -- on first listen, at least -- anything but. It takes a few moments for the ears to become re-attuned and the brainwaves to sync up. The voices through the soup of decay take on a ghostly shape but the tone is one which offers as much assurance as it asks of you. As so often across the record, the dense soundscape reveals as much as it obscures. Synth clarifies before sinking… and then resurfacing, time and time again in rapid cycles as the sibilant rhythm track threatens to appear front and centre only to dissipate once more, the thick web ensnaring and devouring as you feel deliciously cocooned, deliriously content. A thrilling record, then: equal parts confusion and exhilaration. And I’m bloody loving it.

credits

released June 27, 2016

Cynthia: analogue sounds, field recordings, keyboards, noise.
Sylvia: edit and mastering.
Sale: images, screaming & shouting
Thank you: Paul, Ian, TAG

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