VHS Head Persistence of Vision
Published May 09, 2014Confusion, intrigue, amazement, headache, reminiscence, confusion... So goes the pattern of emotions experienced whilst listening to VHS Head's sophomore release, Persistence of Vision. By using old VHS tapes as the sole source for his music, VHS Head has carved himself a unique platform, indeed. It's probably safe to say that you've never heard anything like this before.
At times, it sounds like someone feverishly switching channels between an '80s sci-fi drama (complete with guttural alien overlord) and a fast-paced game show. Other instances involve serene pools of glitched ambience, with only a small undercurrent of dread lingering beneath the surface, like on the superb "Angels Never Sleep." The dread itself, however, never really disappears; you're always waiting for the ADHD pummelling to kick back in and disorientate you into oblivion.
Persistence of Vision isn't for everyone. Its sheer busyness can be daunting, but it still offers enough accessible tracks and islands of lush IDM to keep it from being overkill. Even at its most hectic points, the album is still incredibly interesting, both musically and structurally, as you try to comprehend the tedious cut and gut techniques that must have been employed to create this niche beast. (Skam)