Release Date: Jan 25, 2010
Record label: Manimal
Genre(s): Rock, Experimental
If demonic messages truly live inside the grooves of albums across the globe, housed by obscuring sound effects or recorded backwards as the paranoids suggest, it would make sense that these messages exist in an album like Origins. The album is gorgeous, less likely to be a soundtrack for possession and carnage, though more likely to be universally accepted. Thusly, the demons will have an easier time corrupting souls, massacring consciences and spreading ill will.
There is a conflict operating at the heart of Origins, between the warped romance of My Bloody Valentine and the murky electronics of Team Sleep or Amber-era Autechre. Dark and light are mashed together into a cold, nebulous mass of and synths, reversed vocals and intermittent percussion. The lack of clean lines distinguishing constituent parts is perhaps the defining feature of Origins; definition, apparently, not being something VoicesVoices (aka Nico Turner and Jenean Farris) suffer gladly.
Music of a textural depth that’s difficult to have too much of. Mike Diver 2010 Combining lusciously ethereal vocals in the vein of School of Seven Bells’ sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza with the empyrean elegance of prime Prefuse 73 – he, Guillermo Scott Herren, produces here – VOICEsVOICEs are a new-to-the-UK duo with the potential to capture a considerable following. This EP offers only four tracks – Transition is merely a bridge between sides, if you will – but each resonates with substantial promise.