J.R.P. Seriel embodies the mystical soul of hypnagogic pop on the surreal “The Trip”. Sounds virtually melt on through for they have been exposed to the sun for too long. Everything here has a wild otherworldliness, as if discovery another level of being. Quite bizarre the ear for melody leads the way featuring a shoegaze-like symphonic quality, one that completely consumes the listener. Beats go for a slow, steady, even glacial pace at times. Vocals prove to be of the essence for at times they are treated like another textural element, ready to be explored.
Far from alone in mining this certain sound, the references abound within the track. Nods to James Ferraro’s odd behaviors, his obsessiveness with pop culture and enlightenment, proves to be a potent part of the piece. On the odder side of things, the slow, almost droning elements bring to mind some of the Caretaker’s uncanny ability to stretch, chop, and in general distort the passage of time. The Rangers from Texas also prove to be a touching point, for, like them, J.R.P. Seriel makes sure that the heady brew of melody, beats, and drone mix into this rather thick heavy sonic stew.
Various drum machine pieces that sound taken from the Royal Trux “Twin Infinitives” album start the proceedings. The grimy yet visceral approach lends the piece a sense of intimacy, one that feels potent. Blasting the volume way up is a must because this is a sound to get easily lost in. Indeed, the vast number of layers applied within the track feels majesty. Glimmering at times, the piece has a watching the sunlight penetrate water spirit to it. While it is in fact quite a physical experience, this light helps to give it some hope. All of it gets soaked into this lo-fi aesthetic. Lyrics here have a disjointed quality to them, akin to a modern-day Gregorian chant as filtered through a dying computer. Highly unique with their voice, the interplay of the many elements gives it an expansiveness. Deep in the mix choruses are lost for the beat continues this ritualistic procession. Every verse here matters for they build off each other. Carefully a whole big bright and beautiful aspect of the work comes into focus, for each reiteration of the theme brings the listener closer to a sense of peace.
Done with such intense passion, J.R.P. Seriel transport the listener into a strange, Dr. Seuss psychedelic experience on “The Trip”.