The fresh breeze comes from the Balearic quirkiness of Domenique Dumont, a mysterious entity behind Comme Ça, a summery album full of lovely beats created on some rudimentary equipment, yet being a perfect choice for a garden party during the heatwave. Combining the energy of Ibiza beats, the psychedelic grace of chillwave, repetitive, hypnotic beats, this album becomes one of the most interesting leftfield electronic curios of 2015. Incredibly lush, yet simple and refreshing, an immersive journey to the heart of the beat. Highly recommended!
The title and the first track on the electronic hallucinogenist Black Zone Myth Chant‘s second full length refers to King Belshazzar’s feast where the prophetic words appeared on the wall annoucing the fall of Belshazzar’s kingdom. No wonder the king was freaked out, and the music here, following the lead of repetitive acidic insanity by Astral Social club, channels the feeling of dread, psychedelic paranoia and general air of alienation and future shock. Mane Thecel Phares must be what regular everyday electronic music must sound for a time traveller from ancient Mesopotiamia. Freaky.
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma definitely loves challenging music. His entire oeuvre focuses in the idea of pushing the texture in music to new boundaries. Whether it’s the lengthy, unchanged drones, ritual marathons or sandpaper, acidic ambience, there’s always beauty hidden beneath the noise. Jefre’s newest album, A Year With 13 Moons, is no exception from the rule. Like a harsher cousin of Tim Hecker, he purposefully coats the underlying captivating melodies with bursts of lo-fi white noise and corroding metat rattling over the soft interior. Difficult, but very atmospheric. For those looking for that thin border between ambient and noise.
Laconically titled “C” by the Versailles based multi-instrumentalist Romain Turzi is the conclusion of the conceptual series of albums, the previous being A (2007) and B (2009). Recorded in his Parisian studio, Turzi unveils a weedy, Technicolor-tinged cinematic psychedelia in the vein of Tara King th. or Halasan Bazar leaning somewhat into the more bombast, sci-fi mood of the early progressive rock symphonies with great vintage-styled female operatic vocals – that means more synths and less baroque, a revision of a dream of the French people conquering the space. When it comes to this kind of psychedelia, France is indeed la planeté sauvage. Recommended!
Wide eyed interpretations of video game music reflected in library music tropicalia and the kind of vintage, hauntology-infected electronics that would make Delia Derbyshire proud. The London imprint RAM Tapes offers an expansive vision of those early console ages with a rich collection of electronic crossovers by Orlando & Tomaga. The somewhat exotic twist on the cassette gives a sun-kissed vision of 70’s utopia, at least as envisioned by video game designers and industrial designers. Analog electronics stuck somewhere between Harmonia and Throbbing Gristle. An interesting curio, covered with memory dust. Recommended!
Wisconsin based synthesist Samantha Glass makes a push towards the future with his new album Entering the Visible Winds of Spring, giving even more substance (and some guitar work) to his warm psychedelic synth style giving it more depth and a bit of trippier atmospheres (like “Final Interactions”, with the dubby backdrop and hypnotic vocals a’la Fabulous Diamonds) than the previous releases, but still keeping faith to the original summery vibes of Harmonia or the more modern, yet equally anachronistic vision of Panabrite. There is always a dreamy vibe in the works of Samantha Glass and this time it seems h/she decided to step their game up. Recommended!
It seems that the approach of the Chilean krautrockers Föllakzoid is entirely different from their fellow countrymen The Holydrug Couple: while the latter welcome the year 2015 with vaguely psychedelic indie rock homages, the members of Föllakzoid follow the rounded-edges kraut dream of Finnish legends Circle or the whole catalog of techno producers, reducing their vision of psychedelic rock to a rhythm driven space travel that leaves much space, both for guitar effects and for the meditation factor to kick in, especially when you’re driving high on the highway and looking for some good music to zone out, but no to fall asleep, to. Recommended!