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This is right up my street. Matt Thompson from Guapo and Zoltan has put together an album of horror-inspired synth worship. I like the photo-collages on the sleeve too, they help add to the feel that it's some lost recording from the early '80s. It isn't, although Thompson is using exclusively classic gear here - Mellotron, MiniMoog, Moog Taurus, SCI Prophet 5, SCI Pro One, Roland Jupiter 8, Roland Juno 6, Solina String Ensemble and ARP Odyssey - who doesn't wish their bedroom looked like that?
There are nine tracks on this LP, ranging from the straightforward John Carpenter-esque glide'n'pulse through to the warped Boards Of Canada-meets-chiptunes panic of Vortex Blaster, and plenty of ominous giallo-inspired workouts that are always melodic and indulgently creepy, with plenty of shuddering and twittering details. The lengthy title track, which closes the album, delves into some deep space synth drones and throbs reminiscent of Kosmonaut's orange LP but with some new age twiddling over the top, morphing and contorting its way through several distinct passages of cosmic madness which show there's much more to Cremator's synth skills than just the horror-worship he focuses on for much of this collection. The closing passage does bring us back into Carpenter territory though.
Another one I'm particularly liking is 'Ringmaster', which opens the second side, with its minimal heartbeat-like rhythm, and understated bass pulses over which Thompson throws some creepy Carpenter melodies and ever-increasing degrees of panicked high pitched synth stabs and weird buzzing drones. On one hand it does kind of come across like a pastiche of people like Carpenter, Frizzi and Rizzati, but on the other it's very well done, with authentic equipment, and it sounds like he's having a lot of fun.
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