Iasos: Inter-Dimensional Music Album Assessment

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Iasos loves slide guitar, which permits him to create unbelievable sweeps and mild flutters. The flute, instrument of his childhood, dances freely, conjuring photos of satyrs wreathed in laurels. (Vista will not be the one god Iasos has labored with; he claims to have acquired a musical scale from Pan.) The piano doesn’t sound actual in any respect—it’s pearly, warped, barely too lustrous, a reminiscence of a piano. All these components mix on “Lueena Coast,” the album’s most gorgeous observe, which opens with scattered piano arpeggios and leaps into grand pirouettes of flute. Iasos’ voice may be faintly heard within the background, mouthing syllables via a thick sheet of reverb.

Avian whoops and titters abound within the margins of Inter-Dimensional Music, making express Iasos’ debut to Martin Denny’s exotica information of the Nineteen Fifties, which used birdsong to place American listeners within the thoughts of some faraway tropical isle. “Lanua Cove,” obtainable solely on the unique vinyl urgent, facilities a conspicuously Denny-like vibraphone; although a distant, aqueous cymbal offers it some curiosity, it’s simpler to think about tiki bars than transcendence whereas listening.

“Osiris Bull-Man & Elephant Stroll,” a cartoonish approximation of “Historical Egyptian” music, is the observe that’s aged the worst. Iasos’ declare that these pseudo-Arabic scales implied a reference to the age of the pharaohs made clear his music was not resistant to the infantilizing streak of exoticism that persists in new age, rooted in the concept that non-Western cultures and spiritualities are extra in contact with some elementary fact concerning the universe. It’s solely because of the soupy combine and manufacturing grit that “Osiris” really manages to sound a bit historic, weathered by time and mud; as soon as the ersatz Japanese melodies fade out, it meanders its approach right into a surprisingly robust psych-rock groove that’s the one audible occasion of Iasos’ affect from Hendrix.

Inter-Dimensional Music doesn’t ever actually sound like divine music. It appears like a human’s approximation of divine music utilizing the restricted instruments at their disposal. That’s what makes it undeniably tacky at occasions, and likewise what makes it work. It’s an odd factor to say about music so outwardly languid, nevertheless it additionally feels pressing, as if this particular person was doing their damnedest to transcribe the cosmic music of their thoughts earlier than it flickered out. The influences from the likes of Debussy and Denny, then, might be interpreted as Iasos’ approach of filling within the gaps. Even his chintzy imitations of nature, just like the water sounds on “The Bubble Therapeutic massage” or the canned birdsong results all around the album, have a hyperreal high quality that’s spookier and extra alluring than a pristine area recording would’ve been.


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