Some songs you know are going to be wonderful from the moment they start, and if you’re lucky enough, the Artist behind it will have taken the time to instill that sense on the whole damn record. Most of the time, you might pick up something with a few gems, something to put on your mixtape for the summer. I always get into records you can put on and just roll with them throughout, the one that has the up and downs to shift with your bendy mid-afternoon mood swings, especially with the refreshments are out, and you have to make the semi weird trip to the store(not me). I think that’s why I love this whole tape culture thing, and of course the 50 cent bin LPs at my local. Those forms implore you to be patient and appreciate what people like Stephen Farris AKA Cosmic Sound was trying to do in 2010 when this shining piece originally came out. On Crash Symbols reissue of VHS Vision I will gladly make a run to any store, just so I can listen to this bad ass puppy on tape in my car, we gots the 10′ sub under the passenger, so the full range of DOPE won’t be in question. If my window on driver side would roll down, I would gladly share with the rest of these early day, thrill seekers. They enjoy sitting porch side in my neighborhood, similar to our early mornings. And there’s my point, I can take this album anywhere, and play it anytime. Just last week I heard it playing in my head while floating on a giant pink noodle in an empty cove somewhere. Round and Round the album swoops you up and gives you this circus-circus, cool water breeze, with enough vivid color imagery to build your own fruit house, somewhere off in the woods. I wouldn’t say VHS Vision is an original album, you’ve heard this kind of thing before, but probably not done as well, not even close. Well Campfire Headphase is probably the standard for part of this type of record, but it has to start with someone, and I imagine Farris is heavily influenced by Boards of Canada, hell who isn’t?
Regardless, the amount of style you’ll find here is addictive, so you’re in good hands with this one. Hug a bunny, put on a straw hat, and sip something tubular. The tape is available for a five-spot (best option), and the digital is only four bucks through Crash Symbols here, who continually keeps raising the bar. You can find out the haps on Farris through his ridiculously cheap and glitched out other magical joints via his bandcamp.
~ Ryan Boos