It’s a pleasure to welcome Wilted Woman back into the fold for her second release on Phantasy, out on streaming platforms on 20th May. Whereas 2019’s ‘Lon Lon Night Vision’ signalled dystopian rave deconstruction, remixed by Laurel Halo (a “haphazard techno wrecker for unleashing your inner crazy clown”, as Resident Advisor put it), ‘Glossy Center’ reveals two tracks that maintains that same bass weight, while blossoming into the sort of arrangements that would render cyborgs dewy-eyed with unprogrammed emotion. Meanwhile, a club interpretation from Kim Ann Foxman, a linchpin of club culture in both the US and Europe, is singularly weaponised to melt their synthetic brains. Out digitally on 20th May.
On the title track, Wilted Woman’s spacious, analogue arrangement conjures a refreshing kind of machine-funk that flirts between the motorik grit of Detroit machinery and glistening kosmische with dreamy effect. In contrast, Kim Ann Foxman comfortably bursts a dam of serotonin for her take on ‘Glossy Center’, working in pure strains of trance and rave to deliriously enthusiastic effect.
Composed with equal sensitivity, ‘Close To Stone’ offers a chance to decompress, catching waves of spectral frequencies from Wilted Woman’s studio that seem to disintegrate leaving traces of bittersweet melody. Perhaps the most outright soothing track in Davis’ impressive back-catalogue, it underscores a thrilling return to Phantasy.
This album is such a fun combination of styles and and immensely satisfying listen. Danceable with plenty of room to breathe and helps me focus too. Glad I got the cassette bc it sounds extra gooey. Can't wait to hear more from Xyla :) caramobazgo