The term bedroom pop gets thrown around a lot, but with Orchid Mantis aka Thomas Howard, it truly fits the intimate nature of such recordings. “It Was Gone” is the artist’s contribution to Track and Field Record’s Summer Compilation Vol. 2, and it takes the self-described “found sounds, tape collages, and pop songs about forgetting” to otherworldly heights. For a brief moment if feels almost like you’re there in that very room with Thomas, watching him weave an immense tapestry of sounds into something completely and unexpectedly stunning.
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