Ghostly International delves further into the ethereal, textural side of electronic production this fall with the second installment of the SMM series, which has thus far featured artists such as Kiln, Twine and Kosik. Collecting works by Christopher Willits, Cepia and Lusine, SMM Vol. 2 ranges from moody guitar arrangements to dense drones, creating a lush atmosphere that is alternately tense and tranquil.
Christopher Willits (12k, Sub Rosa, Plop ) occupies the first half of the disc with the sprawling “Breathe (in seven sections)”, a seven-part extrapolation of the custom-made guitar sounds that have garnered him so much acclaim. Warbling melody lines are punctuated by scientifically precise clicks while complex undercurrents of bass and percussion complete the whole, allowing for a seamless, enveloping flow. Cepia follows with “Sqr Exp” and “Ramp”, which adhere to naturally varying paces complemented by massive chord shifts, the former gliding on frantic constructions of clangs and hits and the latter eschewing beats entirely. Lusine rounds out the record with “Payne’s Gray”, a calm and sensible denouement that drifts on elegant synth washes mottled by bowed strings.
SMM Vol. 2 serves as a concise showcase of three immensely talented producers whose greatest successes await them – the sounds herein are at once remarkably beautiful, undeniably auspicious and unexpectedly inspiring.