Friday, September 25, 2020
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Artist: The Sand Rays
Title: A Mysterious Disc
Format: 3" Mini CD
Label: The Ceiling (@)
Rated: *****
This is another mysterious disc. I have previously reviewed one of these mysterious discs by The Infant Cycle and it was quite enjoyable, if mysterious. I had not heard of the Sand Rays, but this seems to be yet another of Jim DeJong’s monikers. So with this mystery revealed, let’s get into the music itself. This is technically two tracks, but the second one is only 9 seconds, so the bulk of the disc is taken up by the first track. This is lovely, complex drone in the vein of Troum. There is a lot going on here, like listening to a chorus of synth in a windstorm. Halfway through it fakes you out by fading out, only to start again, then end, then become more noisy and crackling with sound cutting out and suddenly decreasing, then increasing in volume like your speakers are going out.
Track 2 is 9 seconds of incredibly quiet drone. So far, I have yet to hear a mysterious disc that I didn't enjoy. Quite nice. This album weighs in at around 21 minutes.


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