MIS+RESS is the ambient solo project of Brian Wenckebach, based in New Jersey. Armed with his guitar and a truckload of processing equipment Wenckebach creates shimmering pieces of music, as gently as a warm evening in Spring and cosy as your favorite blanket.
The album begins with plucky guitar tunes, hence the "post rock blueprints". There are indeed hints of post rock to be found, along with progressive rock and shoegaze but the whole thing remains on a calm, modest level. That proggy aspect appears mostly in 'High-Functioning Sleepwalker', a neat little track that will easily sooth your nerves. Opener 'The Floating World' and the somewhat gloomy 'She Trembles As She Paints' drive on mild rhythms and playful melodies.
'Dispellers' is a perfect Sunday album, something to enjoy near the fireplace with a bottle of Beaujolais, for example. The eight tracks are quite short but they surely are uplifting. 'Adulting' is one of my favorites, an odd jumpy tune that one side reminds me of old carnivals and fairs but on the other hand also of eerie scenes in old horror movies. You see, if your imagination is on point, everything is possible.
In all, this is a splendid album, not too easy-digestible to definitely not heavy on the stomach either, so to speak. So, pretty much like I do with all releases from Sound In Silence, I recommend giving this one a shot. Not for those who thing ambient is boring but mostly for those people who love music to sooth their souls and ease their minds. In that MIS+RESS certainly succeeds.