‘Country Music’ has as much in common with country music as Dolly Parton has with Can, but it’s clear from the sound of Vision Fortune’s second album the intent of their titling: this is music presented in opposition to the city, cut off from external influence and distraction, existing in the middle of musical nowhere and deliberately self-isolating in its pursuit of atmosphere, solitariness and a sort of bloody-minded purity. Unsurprisingly, that kind of manifesto doesn’t make for the easiest of listens, and tracks like ‘Habitat’ and ‘Drunk Ghost’, which come across more as jam sessions snippets than anything more thought through, don’t help.

However, when Vision Fortune bother to coalesce those snippets into finished pieces of music, the results hint more at the magnificent than the meandering: album opener ‘Blossom’ pairs claustrophobic electronics with treated bells and airless drum machines to create an oppressive and impressive cloud of doomy fuzz, while finale ‘Back Crawl II’’s interlacing of field recordings with fractured washes and a middle section that recalls Neu making a grime record demonstrates precisely the sort of sonic adventurousness lacking elsewhere. Unfortunately, however, the 30 minutes of drone, chant and rhythmic experimentation that separates those two highlights rarely rewards the challenge set by the music, making ‘Country Music’ a somewhat frustrating, unloveable and detached listening experience.


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