Album Review

Tapes & Topographies – “Fathoms” – [Simulacra Records]

Thurston Hunger   2/17/2018   A Library, CD

Ambient exercises out of Dallas, TX. Todd Gautreau is
the mixmaster and electro-navigator aboard this one-man
sonic submarine. Standout track “The Trouble With Dreams”
features waves of tone mingle with washes of antenna
signal squiggle, and even some vox mermana drift by as
well. Death by water never felt so good. Buoyant chimes
and gentle climes. Bathysphere organ and actual sized
bubbles rise on “Theory of Impossible Shapes.” Mystic mists
for the noise-sick KFJC-serpents? Based on the name,
I wonder if there are more field recordings nestled into
the songs? By the way his earlier project “Tear Ceremony”
has a darker Agent Cooper bent, though still soothing and
KFJC has two of those fine releases worth revisiting. All
on his own Simulacra imprint, along with the Crushed Stars
project that he fronts for some Slowdive-y pop pastels.

Gautreau is one busy being, but this is the project to help
him, or you unwind. Sink into the syrup synth sea.
-Thurston Hunger

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