The Ocular Audio Experiment (Alex Pollock) offer up the first entry of a sonic opus with The Witch’s Whispering Tomes (Part 1), a swirling hypnotic haze-fest that broodingly stretches out to almost an hour and a half. Relentlessly consistent through the hefty running time, it avoids one-note tediousness through slow and subtle shifts that are more concerned with maintaining its character than adding unnecessary bells and whistles. It’s a steady, minimal outing that finds a comfortable spot between droning and using open spaces to define the tunes, and the ingredients. Ethereally exotic in spots, Witch’s layers up its dream locales and narcotic trips by seemingly stripping itself down of baggage and conjuring up some nebulous heft that lives in the spaces between. The Ocular Audio Experiment was a recent valis Pick of the Weekwhere valis decreed it “An amazing piece of pure BJM-esque, (ca. late ’90s,) hypnotism. Throughout the twelve tracks Alex maintains interest varying the shades within. I found it to be true to its aim.”
Where do you go after an hour and a half of tripping with the witch? You grab The Witch’s Whispering Tomes (Part 2)and get the same set of tunes reconfigured with a warped, rootsy country flavor and waver…Pack your bags for a self-described “doomed, satanic, Looney Tunes wagon ride into hell.”
Pretty Girls :: The Ocular Audio Experiment :: The Witch’s Whispering Tomes (Part 1) (2012, The Ocular Audio Experiment)
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The Sunrise Ocean Bender sets sail every Monday morning, 1 – 3 a.m. on WRIR lp 97.3 FM, to find something for your ears, and something for your head … From psych to prog to pop and whatever tributary we can find on the way … and right back around again. There might be a map, but the destination is up for grabs. If it all goes right, we may just get lost. Meet me at the muster station … it might be a long week.