Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks – Now Wait For Last Year

Pulsating percussion and warped walls of sound drive the listener into a trance-like state. Pleasurable one moment, and somewhat abrasive the next; the latest offering from Ontario-based multi-instrumentalist, Anne Sulikowski (aka Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks), presents a hypnotic sonic journey through the theme of time travel. ‘Now Wait For Last Year’ appears in the physical form of a cassette – a nostalgic nod to the release’s subject matter – and for streaming and digital download via Sulikowski’s own Bandcamp page. The music itself covers a wide range of stylistic ground, wherein cleverly programmed drums, twisted bell tones, and unexpected jazz samples provide rhythmic stability to the ever-changing guitar and synth textures intrinsic to Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks. Hints of ambient, drone, psychedelia, and electronica interact, with undertones of Animal Collective and the early works of Dntel. Having followed Sulikowski’s work for quite some time, I am more than familiar with the unmistakable sound of constant experimentation that is heard throughout ‘Now Wait For Last Year’; the identifiable urge to create is in part what makes the release such an enjoyable listen.