8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 20 February 2014
Daryl “Pulse Emitter” Groetsch returns this week with more of his cosmic synth meanderings, and y’all have probably long since realised that he’s got some of the peaciest peace vibes on the scene, and if so you’ve got a fairly solid idea of what this album sounds like. This is a concept record of sorts - Groetsch was planning on doing a themed piece about the moons of Jupiter and Saturn when he took a camping trip in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. On observing similarities between Crater Lake and the celestial bodies he was drawing inspiration from, he made this album to link the natural grandeur he saw with the awesome mysteries of the cosmos above us.
If you haven’t yet heard his pulse emissions, these are smooth, slow and sensuous passages of tinkling, droning hypnotic synth kosmische new age peace tones, ranging from the light, smooth airiness of ‘Europa’ to the flickering, dub-echoed volcanic chillscapes of ‘Io’ (a surprisingly dark and ominous passage in an otherwise therapeutic LP). Groetsch constructs steady and patient soundworlds out of drones which glide and rumble, sometimes accompanied by twitching, bleeping modular loops, sometimes by slow and thoughtful synth melodies. He deftly carves transportational deep space atmospheres into the air with his synth wizardry for maximum hypno-cosmic satisfaction. Synth fans will like it.
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