Albums Of The Year So Far (pt.1): Featuring Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mighty High, Mid-day Veil, First Aid Kit and more…
4. Mid-day Veil – Intergration (Translinguistic Other)
Mid-day Veil are a multi-gendered gang of hippie creeps from the darker corners of Seattle, who play (mostly) improvised mind-melt music. Like a night in jail, it’s hard to describe unless you’ve been there, but essentially it’s mood-music for terminal weirdos.
They sound like they’re constantly sneaking through your bedroom window, wearing sheer nightgowns and horse masks. And they don’t want to kill you or anything, they just want to stare at you, watching you breathe, until dawn. It’s innerspace music for the astronauts currently tooling around deep within your skull.
Intergration is their latest (buy it on cassette, cassettes are the new… um, cassettes!), and it’s suitably spellbinding. Three tracks clocking in around 20-30 minutes each, all of ‘em quietly unsettling megajams perfect for hiding in closets or having nervous breakdowns.
Bonus bit: according to their website, Intergration contains ‘improvised recordings made inside the INTEGRATRON, an acoustically perfect wooden dome situated on a geomagnetic vortex in the California desert’.
I have no idea whether that’s bullshit or not, and I’m not gonna check either, because honestly, how awesome is that?