Long-form psychedelic techno journeys.
George Thompson, too, spent weeks wandering the wilderness in service of art. His latest single consists of two dark, trippy tracks that feel like the dance floor equivalent of a journey into the underbrush. "Manipulate" finds uncanny drama in two chant-like vocals falling in-and-out of phase, while "Textured Land" manages to turn just a few elements—a pulsing bass line, Alexandra Grübler's deadpan vocals, subtly morphing synths—into an expansive, 24-minute journey. Both tracks play subliminal tricks on the listener's perception, as though Black Merlin has translated the visceral rhythm of his walkabouts into warped, elemental dance music.