Spectrum Spools have announced details of their first releases of 2013, from label newcomers Quicksails and Palm Highway Chase.
With her debut release arriving on cassette before being given a limited vinyl pressing by Digitalis, it’s not surprising that Motion Sickness Of Time Travel – otherwise known as Rachel Evans – hasn’t received the same kind of attention as her more visible peers coming out of the US synth underground. Of course she’s not the only female US artist creating delicate synth music – her compositions share a common textural link with Laurel Halo, whose music shares a certain “new age” quality – but that’s as far as the comparison goes. While Halo’s music becomes poppier with each release, Evans’ slowly evolving drones are far more indebted to 20th century music concrète. “The Summer Of The Cat’s Eye”, for example, is at one point flecked with what sounds like a reel of magnetic tape chewing itself to pieces – a moment which, along with the prickly reverse tones of “The Dream”, have the bustling timbres of Varèse at his most chaotic.