Death’s Dynamic Shroud, “ゲーム”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 10.21.14 in Listen to This

The New York/Ohio label Orange Milk, run by Keith Rankin and Seth Graham, has been responsible for some of the year’s most brain-bending, almost supernaturally odd releases. Their releases are loosely characterized by an almost liquid sound: notes ooze and pool and spill over, and there’s something queasy and miragelike about them — the soundtrack to the dreams you have when you’re felled with extreme nausea. 世界大戦 Olympics, from Death’s Dynamic Shroud, is an especially riveting entry in their catalog, and “ゲーム” is the perfect example of its m.o. Synths whoosh and ripple and crash down like a waterfall, slow and serene. And then, at the two minute mark, comes Martika’s “Toy Soldiers,” slowed down to the point that it’s almost unrecognizable and is almost startlingly beautiful — a teary-eyed synthetic soul number sung by a spectral crooner.