I like the idea of April Larson as much as (maybe even more than) I like her actual music. Whoever she is (it’s hard to say), Larson’s vagueness of precision has the tendency to inspire abstraction in the minds of her listeners. It’s pretty cool how such minimalist music often attracts some extremely purple prose. If she wasn’t a musician, I’m sure Larson would have a pretty good job inspiring poets. (Turning to the abstract is really the best way to describe music in general. It might feel silly or even a little twee, but it’s worth the risk.) It’s not surprising that April belongs to Soft Bodies Records, as her ambient pieces are like the white (but-not-noise) flatlines contained inside the crystalline architecture of Quimper’s songs. However, her allegiances lie not only with Soft Bodies. If her SoundCloud is to be believed, Larson “is the surface world representative of a tribe of nāga located along the coast of Louisiana.” It isn’t made clear whether she means the Nāga people of India and Burma, or something else entirely. While she doesn’t seem to care much about hiding her identity like The Residents or Chimney Crow do, April Larson is still an enigma. Rather than giving us a straightforward explanation of who she is, Larson is content to let eunoia do all the work.
April Larson’s latest album, The Second Throne, was released just recently, on the 28th of April. It was accompanied by a video for the title track by Jodie Lowther of Quimper (who also did the album’s groovy cover art), which looks like Willy Wonka’s final tunnel ride. The whole album is one long journey, but one with no distractions. It’s a long walk down a pastoral pathway, where everything is so peaceful and pretty, but that prettiness only makes you really sad, and even though you’re perfectly content you just want to cry because it’s all too much. It’s kind of like Aphex Twin’s Lichen, but with all the warmth removed. This isn’t horror-film music, but something far more subtle.
April Larson also creates crepuscular ambiances with Isobel Ccircle.