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Wisp

The Shimmering Hour

(Rephlex; US: 12 May 2009; UK: 27 Apr 2009)

Niagra Falls’ Reid Dunn picked an apt name for himself. While his brand of “Cornish Acid”-like IDM perfectly suits the Rephlex aesthetic (so much that he has been actively rumored next to Aphex Twin as the possible identity of the clandestine EP project currently known as the Tuss), he has done little to truly differentiate himself. For how moody and melodramatic The Shimmering Hour can be at times, it is not as engaging or memorable overall as one would hope.


Likewise, his first two full-lengths on Aaron Funk’s now-defunct Sublight label failed to truly stand out there, and only his Christmas EPs stand out of his complete discography. Make no mistake, his first long-player for Rephlex is full of juicy bass and cleanly separated glitch, as much as you would expect from the third full-length by an Aphex Twin-approved producer. Yet Wisp manages to blend his best ingredients into a brick wall of recognizable influences rather than using them to break that wall down. The unacquainted need something undeniably “Wisp” to sink their teeth into, a signature to remember him by.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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