Only Borders

by City

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about

The mercurial, vaporous collage of City’s Only Borders for Ascetic House is the 4th and final long form work in a cycle which also counts his Simulation Mix [Apothecary Compositions, 2015], Arcadia [Halcyon Veil, 2016] and Guts For Garters ’17 [AQNB, 2017] releases.

As with those previous instalments, Only Borders is defined by an intricacy of construction and a sense of timbral anxiety/topographic relief between its synthetic and acoustic make-up. Using field recordings lifted from YouTube as well as original iPhone recordings within his adroit sound designs, City forms a sort of mulched scrapbook of ideas flowing with a chronic momentum that carries the listener from anxiety-inducing textures to moments of steeply melancholic beauty.

City will happily admit that his music is not made for the club or even influenced by it. Rather, his music exists in the lived-in spaces between, and thusly explores a more intricate flux of emotions that come with the territory. Across the 40 minutes of Only Borders he engulfs the senses in a nervous, unsteady trip that takes in Amazon’s Alexa, blistered trance arps, eyeball-wobbling distortions and panoramic synth snapshots, adding up to a poetic vision of personal experience that broadly resonates with and evokes the modern zeitgeist in a way that will always elude academic efforts in the same arena. -- Boomkat

City - Only Borders

01. _Horror smiled
02. __Heaven-Haven
03. ___Repeat that, repeat
04. ____Who built these walls
05. _____Dark descending shroud
06. ______Grain
07. _______Climb
08. ________Climb out
09. _________Physically
10. __________New words
11. ___________Underwater
12. ____________Crossmotif
13. _____________Nameless
14. ______________Human terrain
15. _______________Dark Skies
16. ________________Anxiety object
17. _________________Churchlight
18. __________________Angel Claws
19. ___________________I Can't Wait (with Yma)
20. ____________________Actual Place
21. _____________________Actual Thing
22. ______________________YS

Recorded in Victoria, B.C.

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released March 18, 2018

All music written and recorded by Will Ballantyne.
Cover art by Collin Fletcher.
Mastered by Jeremy Cox.
Released by Ascetic House.

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