Kl(aüs) are an Australian band (2 guys, friends since school) deeply in love with the style of synth-prog music that started spiraling out of Germany in the 1970’s: Tangerine Dream are a very important influence. Using laptops as well as psychical gear, the pair embarked on spaced-out improvisations before tightly editing them into the suite of pieces you see before you. Coloured LP on Castles In Space.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 23 June 2016
My workmates, bless their wicked hearts, love to see me squirm. They’ve handed me this kosmische disc by ambient motorists Kl(aüs) as if to say “how’s Robin gonna wiggle out of this one?!”, which, spoiler alert: I don’t. This LP reminds you of the genuine place synth has as a dominating force in prog music, rather than just its supplement -- it’s got the fogginess of Tangerine Dream, the glistening new agisms of Laraaji and a hell of a lot of the psychedelic jamming you can come to expect from anyone with a modular and a penchant for existence at a Deep Distance.
Bits of this are just lovely, though. The flute filibuster that opens up “Proof Portal” is nothing if not ambient comfort food, a lovely, synth-scoped intro to what becomes another self-perpetuating mass of tinkering synth rotations. Other parts get lost in the speedy tunnels of time, such as “It Hurts To Shoot Gloves From Your Stick, but It’s Necessary”... here is where I’d usually describe the track, but that title has given me an idea: let’s stop music forever.
This is gonna appeal to fans of a lot of things: it’s got the rapid-fire whirring of a lot of kosmische classics, but also has a glowing ambient sustain going on in its backdrop. Those who enjoy incredibly vintage electronic music where the synth melodies sound like grandparents of Boards of Canada, you might find a good resting place for your ears. Me? I am now a robot. Thanks, guys
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