VVOVV, am I impressed! I really didn’t expect anything less than exhilirating from our instrumental comrades’ first full album now out on AMDISCS, the hostess with the mostess. Never faltering in their objective of infecting everybody who lays ears on them with a dancefloor virus, Poor Spirits have pumped out a 13-track satellite of electro-complexity that beams intangible, beat-laden messages from the shadowy lunar hemisphere to your hand-me-down, bedroom speakers.
This is far from our first run-in with the contentedly secretive 2-piece, having featured an earlier video of theirs recently and Sean reciprocally checking out our 305 Broadway hovel of doom, we’ve begun a strange symbiotic affair with the glassy stylings of Poor Spirits as they vow to keep our collective, totemic bear-head nodding to the sound that bends and refracts off their keyboard. At the launch pad, “ROLL” starts up, emitting tropical afro-surges and shimmery glints like sunlight hitting metal. From there, “OFFERING” and “LIBRE” sandwich one of my favorite tracks on the album, “GLOVV”, with unearthly drum n’ bass massages that resonate deep in the bones of the subject.
“GLOVV” is a machine-like syncopation of breakbeats that graciously disassembles, brick by brick, the wall that separates jungle and dancehall from the synth-heavy samplings of American artists right now. I can’t get enough of this jam, it’s circulating from my head to my feet like some sort of inorganic lifeblood and I damn well don’t mind. Wobbly transmission are a go!
Whether you’re alone, nose in science textbook, contemplating the speed at which sound travels or throwing a mean kegger while the folks are on vacation in Florida, don’t think twice about initiating VVOVV for take-off sequence and turning that volume dial till’ it don’t go no further. Sorry mom, I hope you can understand why, from this point on, I’ll be writing my double-ues a little differently from how you taught me.- Casper