Svid Vor’s psychedelic Explorations EP opens with a sample that could be ripped from a David Lynch movie. A robotic-sounding woman says “So we tripped down to Market Street and I decided to buy a hot dog.” So far so good, but like Lynch that slice of normal Americana is interrupted by something ominous. Here, it’s a ghostly distorted organ. Something is not quite right. The woman confesses that she was very hungry. And something about the way she describes putting condiments on her hot dog is just a bit off – again like some Lynchian bit of dialog. Then, as she puts the hot dog to her mouth, someone starts to scream, she says.
It’s an odd way to begin a song but I like it. A wave of dreamy synth music washes over the scene and you forget about the strange hot dog incident. Then the woman’s voice comes back and explains that she must’ve been hallucinating after all. The song ends with the woman simply saying “I had murdered it.”
The EP’s second track has a cinematic feel to it as well. This time evoking Stanely Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. With its use of sci-fi movie clips and its atmospheric otherworldly synth patterns and static feedback, the second track (simply titled “II”) creates a sonic solar system before it builds to a disastrous climax.
Like Aphex Twin, Vor’s music has a sort of lonely vibe to it. Like a single astronaut standing on the vast surface of an empty planet. Or a satellite sending out signals that don’t bounce back. But it’s also calming and at times playful. Vor’s use of obscure sci-fi and B-movie clips reminds me of some of my favorite hip-hop artists Madlib and MF Doom.
Explorations is available to download on bandcamp.com for just $5 and there’s another album called Something that is available at a pay-what-you-want option. It’s a lot safer than dropping acid and you might just get the same effect.