EXOSPHERE: Where Nobody Goes CD Raumklang Music
This Swiss/Swedish combo lay their cards on the table from the moment you hit play; organic elements open up the proceedings with ‘1st Movement’ that gradually build with gentle harmonies and scrapings of sound that are backed up with warm pads; it’s a promising start to the album that really sets the listener on a journey with the drifting and aptly titled ‘Spacefeel’ taking over the steering wheel to great effect.
A great deal of effort is evident throughout this release with the translation of atmospherics, positioned with great care and attention to detail. Occasionally Exosphere purely toy with ambience, quite often they purely rely on driven IDM; where they excel the most is when these two forces come together, more often than not on the same track, ‘Tears of an Unknown World’ and ‘T-Y’ being a prime example of this.
‘Where Nobody Goes’ is a thoroughly solid release from start to finish, it won’t set the world alight with genius, but is more than competent in its execution and the occasional moments of beauty that filter through are more than worthy of your hard earned cash alone.
CYCLER: Polymath DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Raumklang Music
Given that the idea behind this release is to venture into dipping their toes into different sound perspectives, it is perhaps quite apt that Cycler have chosen to call their album ‘Polymath’.
Cycler, have a very clean and precise pronunciation of sound varying from pop driven blips and beats flirting with IDM and the odd flash of ambient soundtrack like pads that fill out the gentle harmonies to great effect, such as the blissful ‘Dream Recorder Tape’.
If truth-be-told, the perspective does not hold up much for me as ‘Polymath’ is a linear electronic album, albeit a solid one at that. The trouble with clearly stating your album has a varying perspective of sound is that the concept falls short when there is little evidence to the claim; the ideas may vary but the sounds do not across the entirety of this release.
However what Cyclic have done is produce a damn solid electronic album pure and simple, with some genuine moments of excellence (‘Alien Crystal Desert’ and ‘Narcosis’), with a production that reeks of clarity and a good starting block to pave way for future releases.
My only real downside to this release is how it approaches human emotion as it mirrors the concept of feelings rather than conveys them, and with a little more attention to how these plastic electronic sounds translate to the listener, they could be onto a winner.