Hailing from Chicago, Laura Buzz is the artist hidden behind the moniker Liai and she is one of those musicians that truly like to take their works into their own hands, not only self-releasing her music, but also working on her beautiful artworks first hand.How to Write a Letter To One Not Yet Known is an instrumental EP with a really unique feeling to it, creating moving sonic landscapes by utilizing instruments and influences in a really peculiar way. Minimal electronics, ambient, glitch and shoe gaze shimmery drones bleed into one another, creating truly beautiful songs that evolve from dark to bright, from empty to full, from experimental to classic and familiar. The D.I.Y. production aesthetic really gives a true, organic and retro feel to the performances, that acquire really cool atmospherics when matched with Laura's artworks and song titles. While being a lyrics-less album (obviously, being an instrumental work) the titles of each of the songs manage to feel and sound really poetic and imaginative, contributing to the creation of these charming landscapes.
The four song EP starts with "Hour Lovers In The Mill" which is the sort of song that creates it own environment. As your listening to it, it feels like you're entering a mythological world that floats on a cloud. Not unlike some of Oneohtrix Point Never's later work a whimsical reality is created through angelic pads and buzzing synths which feels as if you are stepping into the other side of the looking glass. "East Indies" is just as effective in creating a sense of being somewhere else as the first song. I was starting to feel like I was flying through a wormhole and about to come in contact with an alien beings. There are some vocals that are actually really buried in this song but they are so manipulated they could easily be considered another synth. The last song"//+\\" was live and you could tell. I would have loved to hear this cleaned up a bit more as there was some very cool cascading guitars. Unfortunately, the live recording didn't translate that great because of the poor production.
This is a little, bedroom-produced EP that still reaches great heights because of the vast and embracing atmospheres it creates, yet Liai manages to sound like a refreshingly humble artist, creating a minimal, nostalgic and intimate world surrounding her figure and her music.
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