Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Mark Vernon - Time Deferred [Gagarin Records Promo]

Put on the circuit via Felix Kubin's very own artist run and curated label Gagarin Records on February 25th, 2k22 is "Time Deferred", the latest full length album outing by Glaswegian sound artist x radio producer Mark Vernon. Presenting a new body of work covering a total of seven new compositions laid out over the course of roughly 40 minutes playtime Vernon once again dives deep into the wondrous sounds provided by found magnetic tape and the ghostly, otherworldly presence which haunts them, with his work described by Chris Whitehead of The Field Reporter as ' noir for the ears...'. And rightfully so as the composer builds an array of carefully arranged cinematic collages from scratch, starting with the dark nocturnal droning and slightly retrofuturist bleeps and sweeps of probably modular origin found alongside slightly off-kilter string works in the suggestively named "The Object Invoked Has Disconnected From Its Host" which later turns into spine-tingling sonic horrors with its combination of muffling voices and haunted atmospheres whereas "The Wrong Platform (Nothing Stops Here After 5)" presents vows, flutters and tectonic shifts bleeding into our reality from the transdimensional outerworld whilst "Athanasia" is taking Dark Ambient x Deep Listening Music to a new, subaquatic level. With "Benign Acquiescence" Mark Vernon continues on a similarly minimalistic path into Deep Listening territories, "A Coincidence Of Deceleration And Acceleration" combines warm, overwhelming low frequency sine pulses with off kilter flute echoes and decaying personal messages of unknown origin before "His And Hers And The Sun" brings forth more droning, nocturnal and certainly danger heralding melancholia which could well find its way as a score piece into certain sci-fi alien slasher movies which finds its contuinuation in the concluding cut that is "The New Game Of Emulation". A thrilling and therefore highly recommended listening experience, this.


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