SMK137 | Damselfy – We Chose The Wilderness

Another Damselfly release stomps towards us! Watchful, measured, and switching between states of seen and unseen, this is the soundtrack for the gleeman who’s standing at the edge of the communal fire, or the pissed afternoon drinker in the park. Right from the opener ‘Sentience’, which rolls in like a sea fret, this is a record of MOODS. Possibly the toughest – or taciturn – of Damselfly’s releases, there are a number of sharp corners to cut yourself on. Maybe it’s The Iron Man dusting off his Gabber chops at 17rpm. Steady beats and atmospherics abound. Sometimes the sound sits above you like a drunken gasbag or fellow Sussex raver, Edward Burra’s Blue Baby. At other times we get a sound of a fully furnished Bronze Age burial mound with all the mod cons too. What more could a Modern Human want?

SMK103 – Damselfy – Tasting the Battleground

More ambient electro glory from Albion courtesy of Damselfly, astride and hanging most righteously over the South Downs, sucking up their essence (and Genesis P Orridge’s footprints from 20 Jazz Funk Greats) and blowing them over the channel for us to enjoy. We get snatches of ritual ancient and modern in this release, brooding Get Carterisms and sharp, dry Goth-style route marches through sound dovetailing with gossamer snatches that could have been played at Thomas Hardy’s wedding. Yet more proof that there are many, many more inner visions of England than people are aware of; from the blue murderous (the one rammed down everyone’s throats) to the transformative, as heard here.

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