Album Review

Ptak, Carly – “Wonder Now” – [Heresee]

surferrosa   8/21/2012   12-inch, A Library

Carly Ptak does guided meditation and audio exploration. She is also half of Nautical Almanac. This album is a collection of sonic experimentation and field recordings. The sounds her are entirely varied so here is the breakdown…Lets start with side Bird (or A..) tracks 1 and 3 are complimentary, housing haunted, wind chimey sounds, crackling and droning through a broken speaker. Bells and gongs and relentless ringing make for a heavily layered dreamlike state. #2 sounds like a field recording taken at a horse horse, including the sounds of announcers and spectators. #4 is a field recording of a flute being played in a casino, complete with slot machine sounds, background casino noise, and the general mumbo jumbo of a crowded place. Pretty great. #5 is Carly singing an acapella song. Spreading her world view.. or something.. ends in a locked groove. Side Leaf (or B) contains 20 minutes of guided meditation for schizophrenics. Layers on top of layers of vocal instructions and subtle drones whisper into your brain, easing you into a state of other-worldliness. Sounds like all the voices in your head cooing to you all at once. This album has an unnervingly blissful quality to it. Take a deep breath, and drop the needle anywhere. -Surfer Rosa

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Eugene says

Thanks for playing this, Shark Starr I!


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