Woodbines & Spiders
The Ghost Box fan in me can't help but geek out a little bit on this one as alums The Advisory Circle and Moon Wiring Club have paired up for a collaboration as Woodbines & Spiders. The album has been in the works for some time but it acts as proof that good things can't be rushed. Employing 80's tape decks, a Playstation with music software and a rack of modular synths the pair have wormed their way down darker hallways than one would rightly expect. Though, perhaps is just Ian Hodgson (Moon Wiring Club) rubbing off a little on Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle); as the former spends plenty of time wandering weird corners of the musical spectrum while the latter has always had a penchant for the pastoral. Here though, their combined psyches take on a fever dream direction, pulsing synths shot through the fish-eye lens of half remembered dreams and ether induced hallucinations. That drugged and delirious vibe lends to it the kind of horror soundtrack feeling that's been rife in the synth world lately, though W&S seem more on the level of 'The Island of Doctor Moreau' than 'Halloween'. Disembodied voices ring through modulated tones and a host of laudanum lidded moments scratching at your darker consciousness. This is definitely not a record for the faint-hearted, but rather a Radiophonic flicker from the fourth dimension.
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