Vinca Minor – Isolation

Vinca Minor – Isolation

Matt Menovcik of Vinca Minor states that he wakes up every morning to the atmospheric sounds of Brian Eno’s Music for Films. It’s a fitting tribute that seems to go a long way for Menovcik and his own music. Much like Eno – a creative genius known both for his work as a solo and accompanying artist – Menovcik hones in on the pulling weight of instrumental music. And while his idol may make the kind of music you wake up to, Menovcik has made it easy for music like his to lull you into a swaying slumber.

The best moments on Isolation come when Menovcik is able to constrict himself to something short and direct. After two introductions of deeply layered substance that wash away the focus and more over, Menovcik’s own purpose, he quickly atones with “Waves.” Slow burning and nothing more than a scattered guitar, droning wind sounds and Menovcik’s own spectral vocals, there is a strong sense of control. And on the short and succinct “Raindrop,” he decorates a sweet and gentle melody with his cloudy vocals. Always something between the quiet and foreboding, Menovcik showcases how his songs can be just as immediately affecting as they are when they are built upon with precise care.

As for what Isolation represents, there is no denying its sheer magnetic pull towards the film side of music. Whereas artists can make music with the intent of it being heard solely by someone without a picture to follow, Isolation feels like its missing its counterpart film to sustain it. For much of the deterioration Menovcik directs the music around a floating ship of tightly wound soundscapes. And although the shifts come from the amount of pressure a chord or even a note may possess, it’s never enough of a modification to make much of a difference.

There are definitely moments on Isolation where the music can consume and can even, cause you to forget your stance on instrumental music but they’re so sparingly suited that it’s hard to really gain any kind of traction. It’s the kind of music you can put on while trying to induce sleep and unfortunately, it may be too good at that because after a while, you’re left numb from its presence. Film music is difficult to transpose and much of it is written directly for the film’s own goal. Something as gorgeous as Clint Eastwood’s theme for Mystic River is a beautiful offering but the rest of the score is atmosphere, background and layers of repetition. Unfortunately, Isolation distances itself with these same kinds of problems.

When the talent comes into effect is on how impressively Menovcik manipulates the sounds into something truly captivating. “Your Arms” benefits from a dark approach that even finds the vocals reaching for a higher ground and elsewhere, “From Here, Eternity” supplements as a testing opener to this feature. But it’s clear that Menovcik is doing all he can to find some sort of solace in his approach. It’s confusing and at the same time, intriguing simply because of the ability behind the music. Eno’s music was groundbreaking for several reasons and Menovcik has potential but there is surely some work to be had ahead.

“Waves” by Vinca Minor

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