Musician and sound designer Nathan Moody celebrates 20 years of producing electronic music with his tenth solo release, a sweeping, epic album that doesn’t use a single synthesizer or sampler. The Right Side of Mystery features sounds generated entirely by instruments the artist made himself, from stringed instruments to percussive devices.
One early listener called this release “post-apocalyptic Appalachian doom.” Indeed, at various turns, the compositions make references to post-rock, folk music, tribal ritual music, industrial experimentalism, ambient music, and much more..without neatly fitting into any of these. The songs on The Right Side of Mystery carom from loose and warped, to mechanized and brutal, to blissful and moving. Genre references are spawned, then disintegrate, and merge into a uniquely cinematic journey propelled by hypnotic strums and plucks, apocalyptic junkyard percussion, eerie timbres from bowed metal and springs…and, for the first time in his work, the human voice.
Whether flailing around a hazy bonfire or meditating in the dark, with or without headphones, this brilliant release provides myriad rock-solid, mesmerizing scaffolds for self-reflection/expression/inquiry and/or simply tripping the fuck out.
I’m reminded of several of the early records on the Kranky imprint here – this fits well within the non/structure of work by Low, Stars of the Lid, etc. In all this is a far-reaching deep listening style recording, almost more sound than can be digested in one sitting – hence the double cassette.
Early Listener Comments:
“The depth, clarity and penetration of sounds is spectacular. Not to mention the excellent mixing, mastering and artwork. Clearly a magnum opus!”
“One of the most intriguing releases this year.”
“It’s absolutely incredible, easily one of my favourite releases of 2018.”
“I’m actively seeking projects for which THIS will be the soundtrack – stellar, inventive work.”
“This is astonishing…truly, truly masterful and gloriously majestic. Every sound and every melody just seems to sync with the rhythms of everything I’m passionate about in life.”
“Familiar yet unearthly at the same time…one of the most intriguing albums of the year.”