Model Alpha are a Parisian pair, who have been beavering away at their analogue synthesisers for a while now. Dimensions is the first public release of their dabblings, and the result is a set of tranced-out, space age instrumentals. Released as an LP with a bonus, single-side flexidisc squeezed into the package for good measure, on Desire.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 30 June 2015
‘Dimensions’ is a passively moving record of analogue psychedelia, taking straightforward and stubbornly hypnotic ideas and processing them through a constant synth symphony -- like the best psych-tinged electronica, it moves as if it never begun and won’t ever finish. What secret makers of the record Model Alpha do, though, is more than just press start and watch the rhythms float: instead, they combine these sounds with a subtle affection for new wave that seems to make the music even more rigid, but in a totally different way. More melody, more secret pathways, but the same old sleepy ambient electronica.
On ‘Dimensions', Model Alpha use their krautish backdrop towards an almost numbing aesthetic, the synths locking into grooves early on and introducing rudimentary beats as a follow-up. The layering is calculated gorgeously, with tracks like “Circle Machine” enveloping the listener in a sound and then creasing tiny aspects of ambience over it (another synth squeak or the occasional wash) before subliminally introducing a beat. It’s a simple but effective way of both soothing and involving the listener, and it seems reflective of the group's interest in symbolically explaining their synth circuits; listen the way their music passes through certain checkpoints without fail.
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