Mystified The Hand of Jayanti
By Marcus Pan
Ive been a strong
Thomas Park fan from Audiocad on through to Mystified. So far Ive
written up three Mystified releases in the past year or so, this being counted
among them, and Im wondering if maybe its time to chill it down
just a little for Thomas. His work has always been very low-key, keeping very
simple and background-like. But he always had his slight classy touches that
would guide it into something a bit more than just being there,
which is very hard to do.
The Hand of Jayanti, with four tracks that seem to
run as long as some full lengths, might not have enough of his classy touches
as his previous work. All of Mystified tends to stay in the background
but The Hand of Jayanti fades out there and gets a little too ambient to
the point of being inexistential. Ive spun this album a few times already
and I forget that Ive done so and start it over when I realize
theres no music playing so thats kind of a tip.
Mystifieds previous two albums would fade into the
background then come slinking, jumping or sloshing out at you when you
werent expecting it and from the beginning Went Missing gives you
a feeling that it will do that bubbly, sloshily, interesting at first.
But it fades moreso and I forget its there bubbling behind me a
little too far behind me maybe. If you really listen to it though, the
stream-like visions will begin to get darker and more intense, lending to
Parks ability to frighten on a subliminal level.
At some point a while later The Moon Ate the Sun
quietly slides in. This one will play around with a rhythm thats somewhat
non-sensical and the backward washes add a layer of perverse decay
its a very interesting concoction. But once again you have to concentrate
on it, which in some ways steals from the ambient movement at the core of it
all. Satis Corpse has as much silence to it as ambience, which
makes it slip away further. The Hand of Jayanti closes with Daughter
of the Mountain.
The Hand of Jayanti was hard to write about, if only
because it fades away before I can get any words out. If you concentrate hard
enough you can find nice nuances in the bubbling overlays and comfortable
washes, but Im used to Mystified not requiring much concentration and
instead making it easier for you not to work your mind too much as it
soothes it. The approach to the music by Park isnt much different from
before, but maybe his little tweaks he would do are fewer here which keeps it
from reminding you that its around. I liked it better when Thomas messed
with my head as well as my background.
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 The prior release, Vagabond, Pirate, was
reviewed in Legends #153.