RIYL: space rock

Label: Not Not Fun

Sly Vinyl’s Josh Saposnekoo wrote up this album’s vinyl edition, but did you know that there’s also a cheap limited cassette version as well? Crystal Dorval, hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, came out with Natural Phenomena last year and… well, I guess this slipped under my radar. I feel as if my ignorance is only magnified further each time I write up a piece for this site… mas vale tarde que nunca, sĂ­ o no? In any case, Natural Phenomena sounds like it could’ve come out on Rocket Girl with the likes of FĂĽxa, Low and Silver Apples. Natural Phenomena soars through a cloudless, bitterly cold sky in spite of the vicious sun casting its radiation towards us. Natural Phenomena is something that just… is. It goes with the flow, blissed out whilst doing so. The guitars are submerged in a field of warm cotton, and Doval’s vocal work is the gentle mist that cascades over it. This is how psychedelia (might I say space rock?) is done. Listen to Natural Phenomena below via the Spotify player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Limited European tour cassette edition of Crystal Dorval’s sophomore White Poppy full-length, Natural Phenomena. Same content as the LP but housed on pale pink pro-dubbed tapes with violet-imprinted shells. About 55 currently in stock. Here’s the NNF text from before: “Crystal Dorval from Vancouver, Canada has been making healing, distorted rug-gaze music from a coastal mindset all her own since 2011. Natural Phenomena is her second album, and it echoes 2013’s previous self-titled effort in its isolationist origins, as the record emerged slowly across a 9-month retreat alone on a farm on Vancouver Island: “Some days I would only add one tiny guitar line or keyboard texture and that would be it for the day… it was a long process.” However grueling and gradual the method, what accrued is gold – 10 of Dorval’s deepest dreamdives, starry ambient pools, and dissolved guitar designs, ghosted through a lens of grey-skied pop. Songs wax and wane across faded rainbows of guitar, sunrise keyboards, looped percussion, and vocal ocean-spray. Behind Dorval’s gauze of warm noise glows something pure and newer than new age: “My hope is that these positive feelings will be communicated sonically, or in essence, and will be enriching for listeners.” A high height for a climbing talent; White Poppy blooms on cliffs of light. Written and recorded by C. Dorval. Mixed and mastered by J. Arner. Artwork by C. Dorval.”

Price $6

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