‘Halo Effect’ is taken from producer and guitarist Leo Abrahams’ ‘Daylight’ album. A scattershot neon dream, as disorientating and exciting as a late night stumble round Tokyo’s Akhibara District, its rapid fire beats and bleeps stutter and fire off in myriad directions whilst Leo’s guitar floats serenely above.
Like much of its parent album ‘Halo Effect’ at times feels like several tracks playing at once. In lesser hands it could be a jumbled mess but thanks to Abrahams well-honed skill in the studio the results are jarring yet equally electrifying and demand your attention. On the virtual b-side we have ‘Theory of Large Molecules’ which, title aside, comes across as less a sedate lecture on particle theory and more like an amphetamine fuelled late night TV remote rampage as discordant electronics square off against a squall of fuzzbox guitars and gut punching drums.
Accompanying ‘Halo Effect’ are two remixes, multi-instrumentalist and producer Emre Ramazanoglu produces a remix that sounds like party time in the Large Hadron Collider, countless particles ricocheting off each other, all building to an ecstatic climax, meanwhile sometime Matthew Herbert collaborator Crewdson runs ‘Halo Effect’ through a sonic kaleidoscope, shattering the track into a 1000 brilliant fragments.
With their blend of playfulness and graduate-level instrumentation, Dorcha deftly prove that improvisational zeal and conservatory-level precision aren't mutually exclusive. Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 16, 2020