Reassamblage finds Doran and Carlile incorporating an international array of virtual instruments to advance the idea of pan-globalism through digital simulation, with tones and colours cohering into a living, breathing pool of sensorial experience. With the “Fourth World” leanings of 80s Japanese ambient and pop (as explored by Spencer on his radiant 'Fairlights, Mallets, and Bamboo' mixes) a crucial touchstone amidst a breadth of worldly musical influences, Visible Cloaks filter and form source material to become young again. Often the duo strip tonal elements of their specificity or randomize melodies so they become stirring and lucid. Essential patterns emerge, conscious experience heightens. In these moments, the musical language of Reassemblage finds unlimited resonance and presents a path to uninhabited realities.
Live, this becomes an inviting and immersive multi-sensual feast, with the pitch-perfect visual aesthetic of digital and installation artist Brenna Murphy (also responsible for the Reassamblage artwork and accompanying videos) extending the album’s exploration of global headspace into a visual, visceral reality.
Lake Turner is an electronic musician based in London.
Last year's release on Kompakt was described as a misty-eyed, melancholic piece focussing on exquisite electronic textures and sweeping melodies.
Ben Vince makes music purely with the saxophone, creating a collage of melodies, textures and rhythms, twisted and pitched, expanding the sound palette whilst stretching the formula with improvised live sets.
Since surfacing with his debut album in April this year on Blank Editions (responsible for recent output of Thurston Moore, Tomaga & Housewives), Vince continues with occasional radio shows on Radar Radio and NTS as well as gigs with Charles Hayward and upcoming artists in London's experimental music network.
Visible Cloaks this year released Reassemblage, a record we can't see being dis-lodged from our annual top ten by the time 2017 is out. They make hard to define - or classify - ambient electronica. We love how they manage to hit the sweet spot of being wonderfully futuristic and progressive, yet maintain a beating heart of warmth that begs to be listened to again and again. Live, this will be an incredible A/V show from the duo, and we're sure one of this year's highlights.