Flora Yin-Wong – Holy Palm
There's no telling where you are in the 4-dimensional quilt of field recordings and Max MSP processing on Flora Yin-Wong's premiere album. Spaces segue into each other at the flick of a switch, at the modulation of a synth patch, at a chant of monk or a winged rustling of what may be insects (or machines.) Holy Palm, released on Modern Love, is regarded as "an investigation into how ritual punctuates and gives meaning to life" and deepens the language Flora Yin-Wong began writing in through her previous releases on PAN, PTP, and her work on a commission for London's Somerset Houses. Listening to the album in full is like allowing your GPS to lead you on a stream-of-consciousness style route, complete with short cuts and brief vistas. Such is the composed quality in this masterwork of hallucinatory transitions.