The disorienting intensity popping across the spatial plane on Ben Vida and Lea Bertucci’s “Gasps and Spasms,” the opening track from their forthcoming collaborative debut, Murmurations, is all-encompassing. Sputtering woodwinds crackle to life, growling beneath a wall of electronic debris. Tape detritus fizzles in the open spaces, opening cracks for Bertucci’s voice to twist itself into shapes trapped within an ethereal cloud. The darkness is resolute; determined. Moments of resonant feedback mixes with electricity to fire off shrapnel into the bass clarinet howl. Pulling modular patches like strings, Vida twists each aural metal shard into a pristine, immovable sculpture haunted by the whispers careening toward the midnight chasm.
Bertucci and Vida will play tomorrow, March 16 at Roulette in Brooklyn. More information can be found HERE. Murmurations will be released via Bertucci’s Cibachrome Editions on April 1. Listen to “Gasps and Spasms” below Pre-order the album HERE.