Born in 2010 when two old friends decided to ditch rock bands in favor of improvised ambient soundscapes, Red Spells Red has been experimenting with and pushing the boundaries of their take on moody, experimental music.
Their latest release, “Secret Sounds”, finds them exploring a dark, psychedelic world of decidedly lo-fi textures. Departing from the smoother sounds of their 2015 release, “Listener”, “Secret Sounds” is full of messy guitars, mangled loops, analogue synths and vintage effect units all recorded to tape.
Some of my favorite Valyri material. It’s as if I’ve been drowned in a pool with only darkness above to watch shimmer in my eyes as I descend lower into the abyss of the ocean.
Each phase is more intense and more hopeful than the last, though they each grow and evolve slowly, letting you bathe in the intricacies of the ambience. Even at its most “in your face” moments, the music is calm and reflective, deep and soothing.
I like this one a lot, if you can’t tell. Cardian Matsu