Jasmina Maschina Alphabet Dream Noise

Jasmina Maschina Alphabet Dream Noise
Lo-fi was a movement born of necessity, but as the home studio graduated from four-track cassettes to Pro-Tools plug-ins, the movement became nothing more than a stylistic recording tool. Like contemporaries High Places, No Joy and BRAIDS, Australia's Jasmine Guffond utilized this distorted, low-vocal recording mix in the same manner as Dinosaur Jr. and Mudhoney stomp fuzz-pedals. On her second LP, Alphabet Dream Noise, Guffond (as Jasmina Maschina) comes off equally quaint and ambitious. With roots in the experimental electronic scene (as one half of Minit), Guffond covers freak-folk-tinged guitar pickings and whispery, diminutive vocals with waves of digitally generated haze, mossy synthesizers and an overall rusty sheen. Despite the fact that Alphabet Dream Noise is structured much like a folk album, much of it possesses the aural beauty of instrumental, avant-garde noise pieces, further showing off the ambidextrous nature of Jasmina Maschina. (Staubgold)