“Sylphid Vitalizers” recreates the density of the 1920's banjo orchestras leaving behind the diatonic harmonies, trading them for thickly overdubbed passages of accelerated tremoloing, percussive strumming and bowing. Utilizing studio layering, nothing is sped up or looped all of the material is played in real time to the incessant thrash of a click track. Flashes of improvisation and a pummeling vintage drum machine give a startling counterpoint to this study in density. Tiny Mix Tapes noted “the tension here resembles that of string ensembles stretched to the absolute snapping point”.
"Intensely wired and seizure-inducing, Sylphid Vitalizers combines the insane thrash of Slayer’s Reign in Blood and the dissonance of Branca’s The Ascension with the mid-80’s skronk of SY, in the meantime transforming an instrument identifiable with country, bluegrass, folk and cathartic back porch settings, into a terror-inducing Black and Decker power drill." -SPIN
released June 12, 2014
Brandon Seabrook: Electric Guitars, Tenor Banjo
Dr. Vitalizer: Drum Programing
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves July - October 2013