Entagled In Vines is Acronym's second Semantica record, after 2014's Yggdrasil. Like those four tracks, this batch takes it easy with ghostly pads, overt melody and the producer's general tendency towards tuneful atmospherics. What ambience is left is thick with humidity and sinister undertones—sounds and moods heightened by illusory traces of synth ("Wrapped") or distant, clattering rhythms ("The Sending"). If the music of Entagled describes any kind of story, it's one of psychedelic shamanism and blackened jungles like the one adorning the cover. "Enter" gracefully sets the scene with atonal mist and soft flashes like flitting fireflies, while "They Spoke To Me" and "Surrounded" close the often inscrutable Entagled with a satisfying sense of space and harmony. If these tracks weren't meant to illustrate a foreboding, supernatural place, they were at least conceived with a singular intent. That clear vision elevates what might otherwise be a workmanlike collection.
This is soundsystem music no doubt, but even compared to Acronym's recent Northern Electronics 12-inch, these tracks are lean and straightforward. Nothing here is quite so lovely as "Cleansed In Fire" ("Surrounded" is close), or as angular as "Floating" (despite the slant of "Getting Closer"'s loping gait). Some might find the tribal edge of "Wrapped" and "They Spoke To Me" a bit overdone. Others could very well take pleasure in the familiar dark, druggy milieus. Held up to the likes of June and Mu, Entagled isn't the most evocative or unmistakable Acronym full-length. But anyone who spends time soaking in its well-crafted world of rhythm and texture will soon find reason to return.