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- Spectramorphic Iridescence by [PHYSICS]
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After playing this a few times it got me wondering who’s behind the music. It’s either an artist that’s quietly been chipping away for a very long time but never been given a break by a label or an established producer working under an alias. I suspect the latter as Spectramorphic Iridescence is a highly accomplished piece of work.
Opener ‘Anodyne Dream’ evokes images of a neon future metropolis and giving off a similar vibe to the recent LP by Discoverer on Digitalis. Things proceed with swirling synths and futuristic crystalline bleeps but gradually things appear to be getting darker with sinister undertones pervading. This comes to the fore with the growling bass emissions of ‘Random Water’ but still there’s lots of pretty twinkles holding it back from total doom. It flows really well as an album leaving trails of cyberdelic space dust floating from the speakers. There are moments when things get a tad retro-future for example the drums on ‘Isosceles Trapezoid’ but there’s enough futurism present preventing it from just being another nostalgic synth record to add to the pile.
‘Emerald Forest’ is jungle sci-fi odyssey soundtracked by an ancient lost tribe and croaking cyborg toads. ‘Hydrazine’ as the title suggests has a touch of Drexciyan aquatic influence but rather than a straight clone is more of a well executed homage. ‘Realization’ threatens to plunge into darkness but again is restrained by lush layers of warm gaseous synth. Meanwhile ‘The Grid Vanishes’ comes over like a more refined and melodic Oneohtrix Point Never. Closer ‘Ultimate L’ ends the journey with a soothing and gentle ride back to earth as galaxies fade into the distance. Lovely stuff from beginning to end.
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