Prolific electronic artist Vincent Caylet has been one of the movers and shakers of the burgeoning experimental/psychedelic drone scene in France for a few years now. He’s produced an impressive collection of psych ambient bubble drones under the moniker Archers by the Sea, but its his current project, Cankun, that is truly worthy of your booty shaking. Last year he grabbed the collective attention of the music blogosphere’s weird underbelly with two excellent releases: Not Not Fun’s Jaguar Dance and Hands in the Dark‘s Ethiopian Dreams. Both records are brimming with shimmering improvised grooves layered with rich textured tones of a tropical, psychedelic bent (à la fellow français High Wolf). Cankun’s new record, Isalo Waterfalls, is perhaps his best yet. Here the trend of boogie-licious drugged-out drones continues unabated, but the lightness of his improvised approach is coupled by a deeper, more developed production. The new album is also more confident of its dancey tendency, sounding more like deconstructed house jams than the lo-fi psych drones of his previous efforts. But be not mistaken -this isn’t some standard 4×4 party pop. These sunny songs are grounded in some serious sub bass, but those heavy underground beats allow Cankun to reach for the stars with a kaleidoscopic swirl of blooming rhythms (generated primarily from live guitar strumming) that alternatively recall 60’s doo-wop, 70’s prog pop and 80’s b-boy attitude. Fans of High Wolf, Sun Araw and the like will find everything they need in these lovely stoned ragas.
You can purchase Isalo Waterfalls direct from Not Not Fun (who else?), and look out for a new record this summer off Constellation Tatsu.