UK cellist Simon McCorry has been flitting around the periphery of my musical awareness for a while now, at least since I had the good fortune to work on a release featuring his work as Amonism towards the end of my tenure at J&C Tapes back in 2015. He was collaborating at the time with Matt Bower, who on that occasion was working as the Revenant Sea but is perhaps best known as Wizards Tell Lies, and so their artistic relationship continues here with the preternaturally enchanting video for McCorry’s latest release, “Spheric.”
Taken from the album Border Land, which McCorry has just made available for pre-order, “Spheric” has definite Stars of the Lid vibes, with the cello processed and layered into myriad gauzy hues that pulse and fluctuate gently above base tones that offer intermittent flashes of unease. Bower’s visuals compliment the piece perfectly, telling the story of a young girl patiently awaiting an extraterrestrial arrival. The clip is beautifully paced, tuning into the transcendental feelings of apprehension and anticipation McCorry so subtly develops as “Spheric” progresses.
With “Spheric” and the forthcoming Border Land, Simon McCorry has made sure he is no longer on the periphery of my musical awareness, and nor should he remain on yours.