Portland via Long Beach artist Felisha Ledesma- whose DIY, experimental synth approach to compositions as Virgin Blood caught my ear recently- makes some undeniably psychedelic music, as evident on last years Dreamt My Lover which was only released in highly limited tape format by Holy Page Records. Her newest work, Cupidity (Lava Church), sounds as if it was recorded in a laboratory instead of a studio- this is true audio experimentation, often simple to the point of collapse, then swelling to a peak of highly reverbed vocal before dropping back down to the breaking point. The music here is fragile yet sometimes abrasive, recalling for me at moments German dark ambient/black metal artist Vinterriket, or even the much maligned Burzum “keyboard” albums of his jail years.
When asked about the future of Virgin Blood she said, “Between albums I like to do collaborations, so right now I am working on songs with Chris from Orca Life, Drew from Twin Steps, Christian from Alligator Indian and planning stuff with Meghan from Moon Mirror”, and then “I am always working on solo stuff, but I don’t want to rush anything. I am hoping for my next release to be on vinyl sometime at the beginning of 2013! Until then I am just working on videos and other projects.”- Slow Head