It doesn't take Uri Geller to work out that Not Not Fun's latest signing are pitching their music at the witching hour, and they've done a marvellous job of creating a hypnagogic sound world in which to exorcise their somnambulant demons. Wraith-like furls of melody prowl around barely audible murmurs of beats, capturing a sorrowful elegance that calls to mind Vangelis or even some of John Carpenter's more delicate moments. It seems inevitable that a project steeped in this kind of concept would come off feeling like a soundtrack, and true enough there's a neon-lit romanticism at work here which puts the likes of the Drive soundtrack to shame.
Bee Mask aka Chris Madak is a master of ambient, drone electronics and everything in between; he's even been picked up by none other than Will Bankhead for one of his phantasmal cassette excursions on the revered TTT catalogue. This latest EP comes on Australia's Room 40, a label which has been putting out some breathtakingly leftfield music for a number of years now. Title track, "Vaporware" combines a bleepy, Warp-like ensemble of sonics with a stunning background of cascading pads to create a dreamy landscape of melodies which sound nearer to modern classical than to anything electronic. On the B-Side, "Scanops" is another chimerical excursion into distant voices, lingering pads and rippling synthesizer experimentations. Recommended!