Moscow Youth Cult’s Single “Low Vision” from Brutalist Evokes The Mystery and Strangeness of Sinoia Caves and Arthur Machen

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London-based Moscow Youth Cult’s music has been making its way into your subconscious through various routes including placements in Portlandia and the video game Saints Row IV. Its deep soundscape pop with unusually dynamic ambient elements more than captures the moment perfectly, it takes you on a journey through a psycho-tonal-emotional space that cleanses the dark places of your mind by the end. The duo’s third single “Low Vision” is like so much of the material found on the 2018 album Brutalist an engulfing listen that puts you through so many of the feels of this modern life from the peaceful to the intensely disorienting. Much as the architecture movement after which the album was named the music reflects the mood of looming totalitarianism that is more than creeping across the world and the utterly natural instinct to resist that tide with spirited creativity. Apparently the song was inspired in part by the writing of Arthur Machen, the literary figure whose fantasy and decadent fiction of the late 1800s proved influential on Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Stephen King. In the rush of sounds after passages of sonic reverie one perhaps hears the musical cognate of Machen’s epochal The Hill of Dreams. Fans of Boards of Canada and Sinoia Caves will truly appreciate the imaginative use of layered atmospheres and informal beats as well as the heightened sense of otherworldliness grounded in the ineffably familiar that informs this track in particular but also in the work of Moscow Youth Cult in general. Listen for yourself and delve further into the band’s compelling body of work at any of the links below.