STREAM+REVIEW// Betacicadae - Mouna on Elegua Records

Out of nowhere (at least to me), comes this debut album by Betacicadae, presented as a painstakingly assembled edition on the Elegua imprint. Betacicadae is the nom de plume of Kevin Scott Davis who has concocted a superlative suite of recordings culled from a wide range of instrumentation including, we’re told, “guitars (electric, bass, lap steel), wood flute, vibraphone, harp, violin, percussion, synthesizers, effects pedals, and digital software.” The album opens with “Pahoa,” a sort of looming mass of held, billowing tones and subtle field recordings. It’s quite lovely and immediately offers the listener transport into the rich sonic world that awaits him. The piece develops slowly, with a beautiful, elegiac melody that recalls perhaps “October Language”-era Belong and deepens with each pass. “Gold Country” is another highlight, with field recordings and bowed and plucked guitars slowly orbiting one another before whirling together into pure white light. Closing with choral vocals and coiling drone clouds, “Mouna” is a quite lovely listen, one which instills me with a firm sense of place and a type of implacable nostalgia. Recommended. - Alex Cobb, Experimedia

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