Danny Hernandez aka mysterywacker creates short snippets of sound that flow like a free-form stream of consciousness. On his recent release Castle Bean he explores different sonic landscapes that feel disparate but connected by their experimental nature. There are five sound collages that are all about one to two minutes long. He has some interesting ideas that never form into grand compositions but instead serve as loops and fragments that lie in the space of homeostasis.
The first song is called “Hi,” which is a vertigo-induced collage of squiggles, synths and guitar. An electric guitar plays chords while sine waves create dissonance. The most impressive moments are in the beginning before it boils down to just a guy playing guitar chords with a flange effect. Next up is “lemon lemon” which combines warm sounding synth pads with percussive elements and a lead synth. The piece has some cut-up vocal samples.
Hernandez mixes it up with “zzzz10101zzzzz10101zzzz “ which initially sounds like instrumental elevator music. The chorus/breakdown is a turn to the dark side. It’s an interesting combination of sounds. It felt upbeat but with ominous overtones – kind of like a fake happiness as if someone took too much Prozac but was infested with fear. “^FREE WALKER^” sounds like the 9th hour of an intense acid trip that you just want to go away. Hernandez closes the album with “we're all messed up,” which has some resemblance to a song. It sounded like a memory of an Ariel PInk song that you once heard before.
Hernandez presents compelling ideas that aren't cohesive and feel like blueprints to compositions that never got treated. There are foundations here but the completed structure does not exist in its current form.
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