Always awesome to shine a light on a local artist, though M. Geddes Gengras is much more than a Hudson Valley staple. He’s been an Integral member of the psychedelic and electronic ripple for decades at this point, cropping up on releases from Sun Araw, Pocahaunted, Robedoor, L.A. Vampires, and Duppy Gun and worked intimately with Akron/Family. He’s also been playing live with the latest incarnation of Wet Tuna. His synth work has always been something more singular than his collaborative works. Steeped in dub, the works hang in isolation — a traveler lost in space but less afraid by the isolation than captivated by the cosmic beauty. On his latest album for Hausu Mountain, he’s traversing the haze once more, this time diving headlong into the the kosmiche gauze with the help of his brother Cyrus on guitar.
It’s a warm and welcome departure from the brittle electronics of 2020’s Time Makes Nothing Happen, a cosmic cocoon that’s flashing deep space transmissions played on the backs of the eyelids. Expressed, I Noticed Silence hovers over the same uncanny valley of sound that’s cradled modern miracles from Emeralds, Prana Crafter, and Tarotplane, while eyeing the past pulses of Ashra and Tangerine Dream. It’s hard to escape the pull of the record, drawing the listener down through warm sinews, sonorous coloration, and pulsing waves. Shoot this one into space and let the tones reach out with a feeling of calm and clarity that scrubs away the realities of this Earth. Ged has been a catalyst for so many great works over the years, but here he’s offering one of his most affecting records to date, the brothers Gengras delivering one of 2022’s brightest gems.
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