It’s amazing what you can do with just one instrument. And, mostly, it’s not so easy. Prayer is the moniker of Joe Houpert, a sole synthesizer wielding mysterio who creates emotive and haunting tones that dig deep into the subconscious. Second Species is a series of slow-builders that gently assemble upon themselves while ultimately remaining simple and straightforward. No tricks or even many effects, just the pure penetrating electricity of the keys.
The beauty of this tape comes from how much is accomplished with so little. The artist manages to conjure a surprising emotional reaction from the listener with serene, contemplative reverie. It’s as if it was composed in a half-sleep haze, wandering around the vacant woods in search of something lost.
The minimal design fits perfectly with this tape. Similar to the wavy fades of the synths, the blue backdrop with sine signatures over top is a perfect way to signify the transparent emotional and metaphysical uncertainties we all face.
Recommended for your next meditation, quiet evening, or drift into sleep. Copies still available from Constellation Tatsu.