Spectral Hypnosis August 2013: Dustin Wong, Forest Swords, Camp Counselors, Helm, Hands In The Dark Records

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This post blurs through the ins-and-outs of electronic psych, with and without vocals, courtesy of Dustin Wong, Camp Counselors, Forest Swords, and Helm. Also featured are another track by Redder and a compilation by Hands In The Dark Records.

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This post blurs through the ins-and-outs of electronic psych, with and without vocals, courtesy of Dustin Wong, Camp Counselors, Forest Swords, and Helm. Also featured are another track by Redder and a compilation by Hands In The Dark Records.

SEE ALSO: FULL POST + ALL SPECTRAL HYPNOSIS POSTS + ALL COLUMNS

Camp Counselors

The moody “Charyou” comes from Camp Counselors’ May 2013 release on Snowbeast Records, entitled Huntress, which will be re-released on September 24th via Lefse Records. Huntress is solo electronic musician Kyle J. Reigle’s first attempt at an electronic project, and while haunting, the sounds manage a bizarre and controlled sense of movement. “Attean” features the ever-lovable Psychic Twin in a mixture of male and female vocals that pulse in the dark.

Stay tuned for our full album review of Huntress.

 

Dustin Wong – “The Big She”

“The Big She” comes from Dustin Wong’s upcoming Thrill Jockey Records release, Mediation of Ecstatic Energy, and is perhaps as inaccessible as possible while still maintaining a bizarre groove. Mechanical sounds sputter and rattle beneath curious guitar lines and ghostly vocals which blur in and out of sight. It’s a track that really stirs the imagination — and when a beat pulses in halfway through the song, Wong leaves one with great excitement about Mediation, which will complete Wong’s trilogy of guitar-loop albums. He’ll be on tour throughout September and October with The Dodos, Dope Body, Cave, Scout Niblett, and CoLa… don’t miss him, for he is definitely a live act to behold.

 

Redder – “Ghoul”

We featured another song from the Finnish duo Redder last month, but I’ve been waiting to share my favorite from their record Border/Lines, the wonderfully hypnotic “Ghoul”. Controlled and delicate in its vocal treatments, the song reaches its stride at forty seconds, when listeners get a taste of the repeating line that whirls satisfyingly throughout the latter part of the track.

 

Forest Swords – “The Weight of Gold”

I’m going to leave most words regarding this record for the full album review to come later this week — but let me just say that thus far, Forest Swords’ funky-entrancing Engravings, which came out a few days ago via Tri Angle Records, is one of my favorite records of the year. Here is its first single, for your listening pleasure.

 

Hands In The Dark Records – Travel Expop Series #2: Great Britain

Hands In The Dark Records are one of our favorite releasers of psychedelic sounds, as they regularly explore the genres entire gamut. Their latest compilation, Travel Expop Series #2: Great Britain, is now sold out — but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy its whirlwind of sounds. Featuring tracks from The Oscillation, Mugstar, Listening Mirror, and Ben Nash, the compilation’s two strongest — in my humble opinion — have been posted here. (This also has very little to do with anything, but do check out the waveform for Listening Mirror’s “Molech.Astronaut” on Soundcloud, because it is beautiful).

 

Helm

Silencer, out September 9th via PAN and musician Luke Younger’s label, Alter, combines rich tones with clattering percussion, creating an ambiance that is not quite unsettling but almost theatrical with its squeaky playful personality.


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Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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