Cutting up reams and reams of old school video tapes, VHS Head’s latest album is one of the highest lo-fi calibre. The high-tech yet lo-fi brilliance of VHS Head returns to the ever-reliable Skam imprint for another album of videotape-sampled majesty, entitled ‘Persistence Of Vision’. As on 2010’s scintillating debut ‘Trademark Ribbons of Gold’, much of what makes the Blackpool producer’s work so unique is its combination of IDM precision and nostalgic sampling.
Persistence of vision traditionally refers to the optical illusion that occurs when visual perception of an object does not cease for some time after the rays of light proceeding from it have ceased to enter the eye. The illusion has also been described as "retinal persistence", "persistence of impressions", simply "persistence" and other variations. According to this definition, the illusion would be the same as, or very similar to positive afterimages.
Don't Look In the Closet. Red Ocean Apocalypse. Tracking the Moon Beast. Do You Understand? lect city. Protection Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti-dust sleeve. Packaging All items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging. Every record is shipped in original factory-applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands.
Persistence of Vision (2014). Stargazing by Francis Monkman (1978). Don't Look in the Closet.
VHS Head - AKA Ade Blacow - fits into this category rather well; not only does he hail from Blackpool, but he also sources the majority of his sounds from old VHS tapes. This second album follows some four years after the VHS Head debut set Trademark Ribbons of Gold arrived and is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, delivering a quirky but attractive blend of cut-up electronic funk, bespoke IDM rhythms, vintage synth melodies and wayward electronics. If Dam Funk, Funkineven, Autechre and Boards of Canada got down in the studio together, it would probably sound like this.
The whole package from the art work, through to the dark VHS tape promo and the music itself smacks of quality
|1||Enter The Devil||4:47|
|2||Don't Look In The Closet||4:12|
|3||Gas Human No.1||3:35|
|6||Red Ocean Apocalypse||5:07|
|7||Dead To Morrow||3:12|
|8||Tracking The Moon Beast||3:42|
|12||Do You Understand?||2:36|
|15||Angels Never Sleep||4:43|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Skam
- Copyright (c) – Skam
- Artwork – Michael England
- Producer – Ade Blacow
- Written-By – Ade Blacow
NotesTrack 12 is incorrectly labelled as 'You Understand?' on the CD artwork, whereas all other sources of the track indicate the correct title of 'Do You Understand?'.
|SKALP030||VHS Head||Persistence Of Vision (2xLP, Album, 180)||Skam||SKALP030||UK||2014|