SYLVGHEIST MAËLSTRÖM: Pripyat CD HANDS
I will credit SM with keeping his releases in touching distance of one another, with a linear aesthetic and red spines that match on the shelf, but have never really appreciated the music on offer; from the off however, ‘Pripyat’ does somewhat challenge my previous misgivings.
Subtle Dark Ambient is bled well into purring electronics and beats, which whilst still leaning on the flat edges of sound assists the rolling, brooding ‘Inlandsis’ along a landslide of gripping atmospherics.
Everything I have heard thus far by this artist appears unhinged. The difference with ‘Pripyat’ over previous affairs is that the madness has been controlled somewhat and therefore is ultimately more listenable and professional throughout. The programming and structure is more concise and precise, with just the right smattering of ludicrousness to make it more than interesting.
The psychosis on this album is more than evident, with Sylam never the one for producing anything pretty on the aural front with an ever-present edge of tension that persists throughout this 16-track affair. Playing upon your deepest fears and skulking around those darkest recesses of the mind, SM has managed to eradicate his previous mismatches and for that alone, deserves a lot of credit.