Skilfully unorthodox 12-string guitar music excellence from Julia Reidy, pushing her own envelope of autotuned vocals and DMT-breathing arrangements to stunning degrees for Editions Mego after triumphs for Slip and Black Truffle
Specialising in a form of modern psychedelia that seamlessly blends classic guitar traditions with up-to-the-moment electronic processing, Reidy’s journey thus far has been beguiling and her 4th album ‘Vanish’ takes that aesthetic to a whole new apex. From Sydney, Australia, but based in Berlin, where she also plays with Splitter Orchestra, Reidy taps into the sort of lush experimentalism that’s key to that city’s adventurous spirit since the Zodiak Free Arts Lab (and long before, to be fair) was formed by Conrad Schnitzler and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, freely leading the way into spiralling electro-acoustic meshes of guitar, synths, harmonica and found sounds, sparingly weft with processed vocals that hint more at R&B and rap than hoary rock or kosmiche.
‘Vanish’ is essentially, properly refreshing. In two parts she renders the lushest flux of human, tactile aspects and posthuman artificiality, cascading forth in chromatic rushes and pooling into moments of quiet poignance with a careful grasp of quiet/loud dynamics and tension/release that really hits home in its most revelatory, heart-punching moments. In the most literal and metaphoric sense it’s a real trip and all about “the journey” (lol but we’re serious) where the wide-eyed peaks would mean less without the quieter parts and vice-versa. Without a doubt it’s an absolute must check for keen listeners into anything from 0PN to Michael O’Shea or Ami Dang.