Rad Magma – Confessions of the Unconscious Mind

Recommendation: ☹


Confessions of the Unconscious Mind is the final full-length release by Rad Magma, a Connecticut artist who all but disappeared1 after 2012. The vast majority of this album is slowed-down songs with minimal – if any – editing, which is going to piss off a bunch of listeners and entice a select few. Confessions may best be described as a crossover between segahaze and hypnagogic pop: some samples are taken from video game soundtracks, while others are from recognizable pop and R&B songs. The most (perhaps glaringly so) blatant one is “Missin U Kissin U,” which utilizes “Aquatic Ambiance” from the water levels in Donkey Kong Country on the SNES and the outro to “Aerodynamic” by Daft Punk.2 The album is interspersed with references to the end of the Rad Magma project; e.g. “Goodbye/It’s Not Your Fault” and “I Don’t Know Who I Am Anymore.”

There are two extreme long-form tracks: “I Don’t Know Who I Am Anymore” and “What Have We Done With the Past.” Both of the songs rotate through slowed-jams in the standard hypnagogic style, but the latter track has some static intros/outros to each track that sounds like a radio channel tuning itself. There’s even a cameo of “Angel” (a.k.a. “A1”) from Chuck Person’s ECCOJAMS Vol. 1 by Daniel Lopatin. “I Don’t Know Who I Am Anymore” is little more than just cut-and-pasted R&B tracks mashed together, but not like a mash-up; they’re literally just put side-by-side without too much crossover between them.

Rad Magma’s swan song will likely appeal to a highly specific set of listeners who are interested in archival albums and don’t care too much about the source material; those interested in more diverse releases should pass on this one.

 

Tracklist


1. Perspective – (1:35)
2. Missin U Kissin U – (3:29)
3. Galaxia Hypnagogia – (1:59)
4. Waiting for You – (2:02)
5. I Don’t Know Who I Am Anymore – (13:39)
6. Leave Me Alone – (2:32)
7. Distractions – (2:13)
8. Something to Tell You – (1:26)
9. 水ぶくれの親指 – (4:44)3
10. Are You There – (1:52)
11. Jupiter – (1:19)
12. What Is It Like – (1:07)
13. What Have We Done with the Past – (13:18)
14. Goodbye/It’s Not Your Fault – (2:08)


 

1At least, under this moniker.
2I keep thinking that there’s a sample from A Link to the Past on “Waiting for You,” but I could be wrong.
3Japanese translation: “Blistered thumb”

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