Lesley Flanigan is an avant-garde sound artist from New York City. She makes minimal music with
layers of synths and electronically modified voice. She's been releasing music since 2009, pressing the
boundary of what can be considered ambient electronica. This is her third release, and it makes Aphex
Twin's Selected Ambient Works, Volume 2 seem like thrash metal. This is ponderously
slow music that evolves slightly over long periods of time.
There are only two tracks on this record and it still clocks in at just under 30 minutes.
The first song is Hedera consists of a shaking or clicking sound, a repetitive sound that moves
pretty fast and is, according to her website, the sound of a tape deck malfunctioning. Huh. She layers
this with her breathing and some faint droning loops. The song is very minimal and faint and goes on for
20 minutes, which might test your patience. It grows and unfolds slowly as she layers in more and more
voice layers and loops. I find it to be kind of pretty.
The second track here is the five-minute Can Barely Feel My Feet. It lacks the clicking beat of
Hedera, but is similar in that Flanigan is building sound in layers of vocal loops. Its relative brevity
means that there are fewer layers unfolding here.
I find this to be an interesting ambient record. If you are into slow, droning background music,
Flanigan has something to offer.