Longford: home of big gangs of sheep, Mel Gibson’s ma and electronic artist; Jerome McCormick. Operating under the guise of Imploded View, McCormick released his debut record ‘Picnics with Pylons’ just last September. Proving himself to be prolific, meaty 14-track album ‘Anomaly Domine’ has followed closely on the heels of its predecessor with an August 19th limited release on Blurry Pup Records.
The album’s title is perhaps a nod to the Pink Floyd track, Astronomy Domine, and the Floyd’s psychedelic nature echoes throughout this slowly and subliminally perception-altering record.
The record chugs to life when opening track The Keeping‘s playful, laid-back groove kicks in. The otherworldly vibes continue throughout with a string of fairly minimalist compositions until McCormick beefs it up considerably on Crow Pecked, a far noisier and fuller affair.
Boards of Canada are the obvious touchstone here, but some of the joy enhanced tracks like Disprin Cherry and Imminence are reminiscent of a less hectic Four Tet. The album’s more melancholic moments, notably Everything Happens and Julia Taxi, are dark, moody and immediately emotive.
Imploded View is in the business of creating billowing, ambient dreamscapes laden with synths, snare, bass guitar, distorted vocal and all kinds of analogue trickery. The old school vibe runs deep with McCormick who shuns digital methods of production, preferring analogue hardware synths to software plug-ins and loops bounced to tape and delayed.
The result translates as heaps of character, more and more of which was revealed to us as we made new discoveries through repeated airings. Songs like Slo Mo Disco and Toy are full of quirks and interest. Some corners of the album sound purposefully unpolished, as if pristine production was not the aim here, but ‘Anomaly Domine’ sounds all the better for it.
A light, untaxing and inoffensive listen, this album works great as an aural teleportation device to transport you to a better place when life is a bit rubbish. ‘Anomaly Domine’ is a welcome addition to the ever-expanding field of Irish abstract electronic music.