Motion Sickness of Time Travel is the solo moniker of La Grange, Georgia’s Rachel Evans. She also plays in the duo, Quiet Evenings, with her husband and runs the Hooker Vision label with him as well. And while she’s done some really great stuff, this album takes all of it, everything, to incredible new heights.
Evans concocts five whirlwind romances all in the space of less than an hour. Beauty, magic and bleeding effervescence come together in perfect harmony. Vague electro meanderings hide hints of early Grouper as Evans’ compositions sing like an ecstatic choir. While the songs are built around vaguely-catchy, repetitive synth backbones, she laces an incredible array of instrumental layers between those bones creating music that is as dense and complex as it is continous. Yet, the real star here is her voice. sometimes its at the fore, other times its buried underneath the plodding keys but it never gets lost and always shines.
As the opening chords and rising whispers of “Clairvoyance” begin, you are immediately immersed into the well. Evans’ voice sings haunted, wordless lullabies that sound distant and strange yet oddly comforting. The entire aural world of “Seeping” is populated with ghosts, haunting the crevices between notes and adding a beguiling sense of complexity. With heavy kraut influences, “Mental Projection” is a midnight gem while the dark, rhythmic sequences of “Telepathy” would perfectly fill the halls of a spectral ballroom. These kraut and electronic leanings are part of what give Motion Sickness of Time Travel such a distinct sound. This is stunning music and an album that further unfolds with each and every listen.
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