School teacher by day and architect of angular space sounds by night Connor Bell has politely offered his vision of hi-fi (read: it doesn’t sound recorded under water) bedroom pop under the moniker of Shedding for just under a decade. In that time, Shedding has shifted in and out of sonic consciousness, toggling between the type of meditative ambience that earns high marks amongst the Hecker School graduates – such as his 2010 release on Hometapes Tear in the Sun – and a hook-heavy psychedelic amalgam of resonant synths and acoustic noodling. Bell’s latest, Demography, falls clearly within the latter, but with an acute eye toward the mathematical rat race of the Autobahn this go round. The four-track EP tastefully borrows from the rigid cyborg-folk scrolls of Faust, prog propulsion of Tangerine Dream, and tuneful astral projections of Flying Saucer Attack to deliver an organic, supersonic, beautifully patchwork saucerful of secrets for the iPod generation. Though a fully fluid, cohesive effort, “Total War” is a stand-out introduction, and one of the best songs Shedding has laid to tape yet. For best results, pull on your most comfortable snuggie, make believe you’re eating astronaut ice cream with Felix Baumgartner in the Red Bull Stratos capsule, and vibe victoriously.
Demography is available now on Bandcamp.