The Spookfish: “Where I Should Go”
The Spookfish is clearly a nomadic character, currently based in NYC, previously resident in Portland OR and prior to that exploring far-flung places such as Mongolia. Some of the artist’s past work has reflected these travels, but with the free download EP Knot, The Spookfish seems to have melted back into to an interior landscape. The title couldn’t be any more literal, as these tracks are apparently inspired by a “knot i saw in a wooden table,” a photograph of which is handily included as the release’s cover art. “Where I Should Go” is the EP’s most extended track, but given that it’s still only 2:11 minutes long, that should give you an idea of the sort of barely-there, fragmented wisps of sound that we’re dealing with. Over the very faintest echoes of a dub beat, The Spookfish traces woozy arcs of pastoral melody, decaying before our ears and conveying a sense of wistful melancholy all the more poignant for the music’s extreme brevity.
Written by Christopher Greenberg