4 out of 5
Label: Auris Apothecary
Produced by: Pendra Gon
Two tracks of interesting and compelling open-ended electronic experimentation. The label copy for this release bills it as ‘two-part soundtrack for a voyage to, through, and around vast and inconceivable outerspacial phenomena,’ and our tracks have fittingly spacey names – Magnetar; Pulsar. But I do think that description is a bit too direct. Magnetar starts out rather bouncy and playful; more of a tongue in cheek Man Or Astro-Man sci-fi than something as heady as the above summary, but it interrupts its jaunty keyboard rhythms more and more as it goes along with a moodier tone. It’s still rather light, and still very listenable, but travels far from where it began, making quite a hard turn when it does so. Pulsar is a bit more structured, ranging up and down a scale of tones with ebbing and flowing intensity that’s quite fitting for its name.
Given the usual quality DIY presentation from label Auris Apothecary as a sort of blacklight-looking cover, with glow-in-the-dark ink on the cassette.