Mystified Vagabond, Pirate
By Marcus Pan
Thomas Park's work has always been a staple
in the ambient genres, whether it be soundscape or fractal based music.
Vagabond, Pirate is one of his releases under the moniker Mystified, and
pushes forth what he refers to as his his "illbient" soundtrack style. The
release is 17 tracks long and consists of two albums smooshed together
Vagabond and then Pirate.
Vagabond is up first and begins a dark and dismal
road with Filthy Hope. Router begins a minimal beat with background
touches of vocal samples that pushes the disparity as you move down the dark
road of sound. Eerie A continues the slight rhythm using more natural
elements as its movement. By Spun things get weirded out as differing
sounds are scraped together. Not much throughout Vagabond, Pirate is
soothing it's not meant to be really.
Freedom Factory is guided by pure wind being mostly
rhythmless and attempts a smooth atmosphere but still remains fearful.
Vagabond is a great title for this section as you're brought along on a
dark road to nowhere in particular, always moving, albeit slowly, and never
quite knowing where you'll end up next.
The opening Between the Two of the Pirate
portion of this release really has me thinking of the underbowels of a pirate
ship as it plies its way through the murky ocean off the coast of some far off
mysterious land. The rhythm is the windwashed waves and the underlying bass
oohs are the pulling of the oars as we begin this portion of our journey.
Plunder takes a strangely effervescent tack with its
washed out synthetic melodies that conspire against one another. By Plunder
2 a rhythm slowly builds up, bubbly but there, with a funky bass hidden
just under the bright keyboard overtones. Plunder 3 returns us to the
effervescence with its strangely muddied ambient washes of sound interspersed
with metallic scrapes of high mid octave sound with whispering voices barely
discernible under the pressure.
Wharf finds itself getting momentarily brighter in
sound as it flourishes its sweeter rhythms and sounds. A slight reprieve from
the surrounding darker tones. Be Friends helps extend this momentous
brightness for a while, but slides in background voices that are never quite
made out but near enough to be reachable on a conscious level. Linger
returns us to a slow brooding as Pirate comes to a dark close.
Mystified, and Thomas Park in general, always surprises me
with the way the names of his releases really do sound like the strange
ambience he provides. Pirate makes you feel like one and Vagabond
has you traipsing down the darkest and most depressing roads. This isnt
your everyday listening fare, unless youre too sane and need some
disparity thrown in there. Its certainly a dismal but satisfying ride
whenever Thomas Park takes the helm.
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