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Vetiver, Complete Strangers (Easy Sound Recording Co.)




Hashback Hashish, Brevity (self-released digital)

The music of Delhi DJ Ashish Sachan is said to be representative of India’s state-of-the-art techno scene, which I assume is a fast-growing thing, even if this golden boy has so far been relegated to a couple of SXSW appearances, including one at this year’s festival. At first, his 2014 full-length Stoned album appeared to be a minimalist glitch record, but as it went along, more was added to the sonic crock-pot, not so much in terms of layering but via a gradually increasing hypnotic quality that eventually becomes downright hallucinatory. Being that Brevity has only six songs, I don’t feel great about saying it’s his third album, but that’s what this thing says here, so I won’t argue, and besides, there’s more substance to these space-shot laptop doodles than I’ve heard from the last dozen Ed Banger wannabes who’ve barged into my mailbox. This trip finds Sachan a very different dude, dropping the alien wetworks of Stoned to post up a set of system-shock robo-noise explorations. Same level of after-after-party chill as before, but with a more predatory undercurrent. AEric W. Saeger




Vetiver, Complete Strangers (Easy Sound Recording Co.)
CD Reviews: April 9, 2015

04/09/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Vetiver, Complete Strangers (Easy Sound Recording Co.)

You have to admit, when this generation’s bands do their thing correctly, there’s never been better chill. Like a grown-up Vampire Weekend (or a slightly more techno-fied Real Estate, take your pick), this band makes ’70s-steeped folk-tinged neo-pop, stuff that’s a little too weird for radio, not that radio pays any attention to anything that isn’t bling-diva or classics, so there’s that. But then again, I’d much rather have stuff like this following me around from the supermarket speakers than Guster, which would be a pretty close comparison too, although I’ve never known Guster to try wispy little half-there fractal loops on for size like the ones on opening track “Stranger Still.” No, that kind of thing was thought of as experimental not too long ago and used to seem kind of weird, but it was obvious that a new-jack Americana could easily come from laptops and it’d be really nice, like this set of tunes. A Eric W. Saeger





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