Wizard Apprentice – I Am Invisible (2018 :: ratskin records, rsr074)

Something a bit different for you today from the folks over at ratskin records: a record label focused on experimental sound. Wizard Apprentice’sI Am Invisible” incorporates many diverse elements across the electronic spectrum, and adds some very well done vocal features to the project as well. Making for a unique one-of-a-kind folk-indie-electronic hybrid sound, this album stood out to us.

ratskin records: For their Ratskin Records debut, “I Am Invisible”, Wizard Apprentice reveals thirty two minutes of experimental, folk-oriented compositions for voice and electronics spanning across a vast landscape of melody, space, contemplation, storytelling, and idiosyncratic compositional strategies. “I Am Invisible” is an intimate exploration of the complexities of Carter’s vast array of folk based strategies of interpretation of meaning, memory, structure and form. Through warm, cinematic, funky, arpeggiated synthesizers, elegantly crafted string sections, complex, multi timboral drum programming and a uniquely refined, intimate, vocal presentation, Wizard Apprentice offers her most venerable and focused work to date.

Wizard Apprentice is an independent electronic music producer, motion graphics and live performance artist. As a highly-sensitive introvert, her multimedia projects are strategies for energetically managing an overwhelming world. Her music is a combination of lyrical precision, minimalistic composition, and technically amateurish charm. She creates digitally-based media that takes advantage of accessible, user-friendly technology; allowing her to skip time consuming learning curves and get straight to focusing on inventing personalized yet highly relatable language for deeply subtle and internal experiences. She’s not a gear-head, rather, a digital folk artist who vividly and simplistically expresses her inner world using resourcefulness and honesty. Her video work incorporates green screen graphics, digital puppetry, and minimalistic compositing to produce imagery that’s cerebral, campy, and hypnotic. She combines song and video to create multimedia live performances that explore intimate emotional themes ranging from the challenges/triumphs of being an empath to overstimulation in the Internet Age.

http://www.ratskin.org/releases/rsr074.html // Support via Bandcamp

Limited edition Cassette + Poster available via Ratskin.

Tracklist

  1. I Am Invisible (04:04)
  2. Sensuality (04:02)
  3. A Debt (07:19)
  4. Our Head is Not Our House (01:55)
  5. Research Stage of Love (05:21)
  6. As If (07:04)

Favorite track: As If

Total length: 29:45

Review – AG – Jan, 2019

The title track, ‘I Am Invisible‘ begins by showing off the funky synth-pop sound that Wizard Apprentice has to offer. A surprising, yet catchy array of vocal ranges brings across an impressive title track. Before long, the title track integrates a dance-floor array, perfectly tucked under transcendent vocals. Next, in ‘Sensuality,’ catchy dance-floor rhythms continue with an impressive vocal range from Wizard Apprentice. Indie-folk influenced electronic music will always remain special to us. Next, ‘A Debt‘ explores experimental sounds and evokes a sense of mystical tones. Midway through the track, an atmospheric bed of ambience fills the room before suddenly transitioning into the realms of synth-pop. ‘Our Head is Not Our House‘ returns to slightly haunting vocal realms and meaning over soft zany tones and drawn-out sounds. Next, ‘Research Stage of Love‘ begins a bed of nostalgic electronic synths that feel like they have evoked the spirit of the 80s. Nostalgia drives down the path of researching one of life’s hardest emotions to grasp. A beat pattern emerges halfway into the track; never failing to feature a melody that will get stuck in the listener’s head. In the last track, ‘As If,’ sweet guitar melodies match perfectly with the airy vocals of Wizard Apprentice. Before closing shop, experimental tones and vibes fill the mystical air, making this experimental album truly unique and unforgettable.

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