Written By: Fletcher Bonin
On their latest album entitled Reassemblage, Visible Cloaks continues to perplex, experiment, and enchant. The album is fifteen tracks long, which includes four bonus tracks. Visible Cloak’s sound is utterly and entirely unique. It is experimental music’s experimental side, electronica’s eccentric cousin. The tracks on Reassemblage are less conventional music and more soundscape in their nature. With heavily edited, shimmery instrumentals and a subtle manipulation of melody itself, Visible Cloaks is effectively creating a new brand of music, a new type of sound. The album features almost zero vocals, and this lends itself to a certain purity within the music, complete focus being given to the electronic compositions.
What I find most fascinating about Reassemblage is its ability to stimulate my own imagination. At times, their music sounds like the soundtrack to nature, a melody loosely ascribed to the general sounds of the trees, rivers, wind and earth itself. Other times, images are conjured of machines whirring away productively and irreverent of human consumption. Certain other tracks called to mind an explicitly religious sentiment, with soaring organ chords and a grand sort of expressiveness. It appears to me, after listening through the album, that this imaginative element plays a role in the music itself. I see this as a frontier only newly emerging in the music industry, and it would appear the Visible Cloaks is the pioneer of this new, fascinating genre.
It is hard to ascribe words to this music, let alone critique. One thing that is clear to me is that there is no laziness or nonchalance in the music of Reassemblage. While most if not all of the songs may sound as though electronica instrumental loops were pushed willy-nilly through a synthesizing blender, there is artisty and decision making every step of the way. The was the backbeats interact with the primary beats is fascinating to me, and anyone else who is used to vocals being backed up in this way rather than instrumentals backing up other instrumentals.
My favorite tracks on the album are ‘Bloodstream’ and ‘Terrazzo’. Both these tracks prove the most relatable to the mainstream listener, and yet retain the experimental elements that make Visible Cloaks so unique. For a taste of their more explicitly challenging content, I’d suggest checking out, ‘Mimesis’ and ‘Skyscraper’. Lose yourself in this elegantly constructed sonic atmosphere, allow Visible Cloaks to inspire your imagination and challenge your conceptions of music itself.