It is not often you receive a literal road map to go along with an album by a new artist on bandcamp, but with Arbor Daze’s “Dispatches From The Void”, we are in luck that a well documented path is laid out for us. Here is a list from their page:
“Ideal places and situations to listen to this album:
-red eye flight to a foreign country
-driving past a place you used to live, but don’t anymore
-in a cave, literally or metaphorically
-while you’re looking in the mirror wondering how exactly you got stuck with the particular body you’re in.
-after a panic attack about mortality “
Arbor Daze is the solo project of multi instrumental songwriter Aspen Koch, who during live performances makes expert use of loop pedals to weave excellent sound textures which excellently act as a great canvass for her songs and melodies. A lot of times, loop pedal guitarists seem to just loop themselves out into the stratosphere of the Noise Realm, but Arbor Daze tunes are actually very well crafted songs, with almost a theatrical feel to them, but also seem to have a lot of a more cinematic emo influences to them as well. On “Dispatches From The Void”, lead songwriter Aspen Koch is also joined by Kris Savitski on percussion, synths, and other noises.