Title: Houdini Mansions – House of Cake
Keywords: experimental ambient bizarre cakewave dark ambient noise vaporwave Easley
Label: Houdini Mansions
Houdini Mansions has a sold out release that might get those crazy collectors who have missed out on it all up in arms, probably stalking owners of these tapes night and day in order to get their hands on them. But don’t go mental, or let’s say ‘more’ mental as you always could go for second choice : a digital version! It’s not that great perhaps, but it’s better than nothing, right?
I mean you won’t get the Houdini mansions sticker and probably not the secret bonus material, but you still can get your ears towards the music. Music that will please you very nicely with great story telling togetherness. In fact it’s quite remarkable as the tape ‘house of cake’ is a compilation of sorts, the result of a concept in which artists had been urged to send in an unfinished work, sound, bit, an idea etc for the audio bakery at the Houdini Mansions to create a mysterious cake from.
The result is strangely something that feels as if it was all planned, as if it had been well thought off and directed with full awareness of its directive. It starts as if it’s a Hollywood movie of the mysterious kind. Including the movie opening and a very intriguing introduction to set the mood and atmosphere up for a case that will get the mind of a listener ready for a audio journey of a special kind. The most amazing thing of this compilation is how each track is waved together; it’s done in such a natural way that it feels as if it had always been like this. As if it is the soundtrack for that movie that had always existed, a film about a mysterious abandoned house in which sweet smells come out,driving the entire neighborhood nuts as they proceed to go into a full baking frenzy.
I could and should probably talk about all the artists, producers & projects involved to make this soundtrack of this non existing movie into a real thing, but as they sound surprisingly like a collective work I feel it would be wrong to do so. The quality and different styles of audio works here might be diverse but they do all seem to work collectively into making this trip in one that is worthwhile to take. It’s strange, bizarre, odd, surreal and perhaps even twisted. But weather you are listening to what people call music or to a far ranged out example of audio art; it somehow is planned, crafted and inserted in such a way that they all have equal meaning to the story. And story I should really write between brackets as it’s pretty much to a listener’s own interpretation. Maybe minus the introduction part as a setup, but from after that point in time it’s all up the listener’s own imagination and feelings to make sense of it all.
I heard that Seffie Starshine felt it as a horror movie, but to me it was more like a chill pill series that intrigued, entertains and opens the portals of bewilderment, but by no means didn’t scare me to the point that it made me wanted to shit myself. I personally found that to be a very positive thing as I’m not very good at going for horrors, they give me cold sweat nightmares while this pretty adventure or ‘story time’ gave me smells of various artists, tastes of their workability, flavors of their artistic skills and even provided the names to put only personal list of research worthy music makers.
It’s true this release is sounding very diverse and seems to cater perfectly for the open minded, but if we could see this as one big mansion made out of cake; it’s probably best described as the gateway drug to an entire world of new music discoveries! With twenty four artists lending their works to this excellent production you bet that we will be busy listening, exploring and researching these audio providers to at least the end of next year! It got everything, drone, electronics, brightness, darkness, fun, vaporwaves, vocals, instrumentals.. anything really!
But all baked together as if it’s one big cake full of curious wonders!
Take a listen here if you didn’t manage (like us) to get that physical tape into your hands! It’s pretty much all you need for the rest of the year! Pretty tasty!
Oh! We just got a call.., some very good news! The tape isn’t sold out! You can still get your hands on a copy… a thing (that considering how great it is) you really should do!