smokey emery - soundtracks for invisibility vol. ii you take the high road (experimedia.net preview) by Experimedia published on 2013/06/22 16:28:55 +0000 *Excerpts from the album. Now available from Experimedia.net.* "HOLODECK veteran Daniel Hipolito, a.k.a. Smokey Emery, is back with the second volume in his Soundtracks for Invisibility series (originally released on Hipolito’s own Kiamesha Drive). You Take the High Road shows Smokey Emery further honing his admixture of field recordings, samples, and live instrumentation as the raw materials for his various tape machines to chew up, process, and spit back out into ambivalent forms. Home spliced loops and delay work together to form unstable grooves that constantly modulate and devolve into increasingly hysteric configurations, both haunting and sublime. The haze compounds and suffocates the mix until the breaking point is reached, unraveling into distant disintegrating echoes that dissolve away as the next wave begins to amass. There is no real sense of linear time while this record is playing; the environment has been exponentially sped up or slowed down, displaced, spliced, reappropriated and completely reconfigured, resulting in an overall numbing effect of potent disorientation. There is an exquisite balance of chaos and order on You Take the High Road that take turns dominating the listener’s journey: as soon as one’s night vision is fully adapted to Smokey Emery’s inviting dusk, the surroundings begin to dismantle themselves, slowly and methodically making their way into the mind itself, condensating into all sensory perception and experience. The psychic vacation that Hipilito has crafted makes no claims that the way will be easy, or absent of plunges into the endless abyss."