On this very limited c30 release, Frank Baugh continues his streak of releasing some of the most rewarding and wholly entrancing sounds within the underground CD-R/cassette scene and certainly well beyond that. Baugh is a bit like Steven R. Smith in some regards, both being incredibly versatile and adept at weaving together a collection of seemingly disparate sounds into a blurry, yet cohesive whole, which is certainly the case on “What Day It Is”.
Side A’s “Warm Mouth” is essentially a simple organ drone piece, albeit a rather active one at that, with samples of feet-on-the-floor shufflin’ creating this weird hide-and-seek mystery vibe. “Crystal Birds Breathing”, on the other hand, features a gentle keyboard melody awash in waves of drone drift that has a sad beauty to it which then gives way to an almost GAS-like, minimal techno closing. Things get slightly more hypnotic on Side B, however, with the suitably named “Private Mystery School” and “Post-Mystery” showcasing Baugh’s vocals and acoustic guitar playing paired with more psyched-out guitar and synth backing.
There’s really nothing to fault with this release other than I wish more people could get a hold of a copy (re-issue!!!!). On “What Day It Is”, Sparkling Wide Pressure is as magical as ever. 9/10 -- David Perron (24 June, 2010)