It seems pretty ironic that, so far as John Schmersal and Christian Beaulieu may be concerned, both are most famed for projects they’re perhaps most transitorily connected to. In the instance of the former, despite his being a key player in both Enon and Brainiac, he’s best known as Caribou’s touring bassist; for the latter, the apparently dormant Anywhere endeavour, whose eponymous 2012 début picked up a healthy horde of plaudits, alas, most probably by virtue of Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s involvement. But as the two combine to form Vertical Scratchers, all that could, and certainly should be about to change, next month’s full-length effort Daughter of Everything – their first – a gauzy force to be reckoned with.
These Plains extracts shameless influence from Bowie’s more astrally-attuned ’70s fayre, lyrics of spacemen and their ships buzzing about quite maniacally for the most part. Musically, this one’s conscientiously regressive too, terse drums and raw guitars the order of these lively ninety-seven seconds. But as we look to Schmersal and Beaulieu’s collective future, we can’t help but feel compelled to uncover further spaced oddities such as this.
Daughter of Everything is anticipated March 3rd on Merge Records.