The still life that’s featured on the cover of Plant Cell Division appears hardened, frozen black, perhaps entirely synthetic. But choosing to depict a twiggy plant form this way illustrates the mood that You’re Me, the duo of Yu Su and Scott Johnson Gailey, set on their debut tape: Plant Cell Division is naturalistic but rooted in nuanced electronics.
Su and Gailey give sonic expression to the ambience of the Gulf Islands where they recorded Plant Cell Division. Like the Islands, the album is a mental getaway: peaceful, insulated. Textures and patterns unfurl from kernels of ideas, like single cells multiplying. Su and Gailey may have isolated themselves amongst natural surroundings, but from the audio to the visual, Plant Cell Division could not be more aesthetically cohesive.
Standout track – “Applet W.”
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