Childhood memories are the best kind of nostalgia – dreamlike and clichéd, sepia tinged and unerringly significant, like a projection of what we’d like to think we’ve become in later life. Spencer Stephenson claims to remember playing with an old casio and a cassette player whilst 4 years old, and judging by the 22 year old he’s become, that’s very possible, although it seems that he’s yet to lose that childish air of the dreamer despite his years.
Recording under the name Botany (and previously under ‘Abacus’), his music reflects this warped landscape of half-remembered events and blanks filled with emotion, an aesthetic that has seen him spend years compiling his debut EP ‘Feeling Today’. It’s title track shows the style – smudged, genres bleeding into one another like watercolour – blissful pop and boundary breaking electronica taking one look at the chillwave rule book and disregarding it completely.The result is something so wordlessly wonderful that description can scarcely come close to it’s majesty, like a more introverted Gold Panda starting from scratch again. It’s a brand of psychedelia that relies on collected thoughts and feelings as much as it does on the obvious talent that lay it’s heart – one to wash over you, and to fall in heart-aching love with.
Botany – Feeling Today [download from western vinyl]