Review: Carpet Cocoon by Iceblink

2020, Moon Glyph, CS/Digital

Carpet Cocoon is immensely comforting and–befitting the timing of this review–spiritually tied to the cooler months. This record exudes coziness, like a lived-in woollen jumper. It invites you into your memories, the soundtrack to a montage. Principal songwriter Lynn Avery creates undefinable times and places–you may have been there, you may have not. Either way, you feel a sense of welcome.

Opening track Healer” is built around doubled nylon string guitars and saxophone interplay (played by the always incredible Cole Pulice), with hovering electronic interjections. Healer feels like the central statement of this record. It speaks like an emotional beacon. It invokes a pastoral theme song to a classic TV drama from the 70s, or perhaps a ritualistic pagan dance? The only other musical reference point I can emotionally tie it to is Watering a Flower” by Haruomi Hosono. Both feel like a wordless musical summary of a rich life lived, looking back on joys and sorrows, victories and defeats. As my favourite Watering a Flower” YouTube comment says, this is the music that plays as the credits roll on the movie of your entire life” (thanks @midnightcthulhu5551).

As the album progresses, a playful, buoyant tone emerges. Cellphone in the Bath” evokes a sci-fi garden experience, with alien bird calls, robotic insects and wobbling guitars. Duet” is the melancholic sound of the dawn, speaking to renewal and awakening. The flutes weave above and below the central guitar line, separate paths tied together. Closing track Colette” sounds like a piano being played in the other end of a cottage–windows cracked, outside sounds floating in, open fire crackling.

While the palette may be varied between songs, the tone of this record is consistent. Tape warbles mimic the decay of memory over time. Wooly production drapes a blanket. This is music for warm memories.

Christian Best

IG: @christians_worst

Up next "Kathy draws a line" by Will Bindloss Three poems by Jenkin Benson
Latest posts Tape World: Evil Spirits S/T Cassette [Anything for a Weird Life] "Warpig" by Anthony Neil Smith The Thanksgiving Truce Holds...for Now [Anything for a Weird Life] Two girl poems by Anna K. Crooks BRUISER ZINE 001: girl poems by Anna K. Crooks "Eve's Inner Witness is Not a Monster" by Dipti Anand "The Stupid Railroad" by Addison Zeller "Vicus Cracti" by Some Fool When Should Your Band Break Up? [Anything for a Weird Life] "Tutto Passa" by Carson Jordan "White Mercedes/Faith Healer" by Sy Holmes "Goddess of fire" by Cait Quirk "Shit We Don't Need" by SH Woodgeard See You at The Bean: Impressions of Tripper's EP Release Show [Anything for a Weird Life] "After not dying" by Alex Shiflett "Four Men" by Noam Hessler Two stories by Sean Ennis "First World Problems" by Jon Doughboy Tape World: Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation [Anything for a Weird Life] All This Time You Thought I Was Good: Devin Lunsford and Mark Wadley in Collaboration "The Tamp Trader" by Felicia Change "In the Outlet Mall" by Jon Tuttle "Under the Influence" by bedfordtowers Why Bandcamp Matters [Anything for a Weird Life] Three poems by Jordan Blanchard "Targeted ads" by Lin Elizabeth The Brink by Janel Leppin [BRUISER APPROVED] "The Perfect Lawn" by James Callan "Superimposition" by Rebecca Gransden "Complacency’s in the glove box of the 1959 Chevrolet Impala parked in the deep end of Nabokov’s swimming pool" by Lucas Zhou When should a band record in the studio? [Anything for a Weird Life]