Another one of them there Polytechnic Youth things this time from the Home Current AKA Martin Jensen a bird-loving Dane now resident in Luxembourg. This is his debut LP after a series of singles and collaborations. This is an eclectic work of electronica and analogue compositions reflecting the protagonist's 25 years of record collecting.
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Electronic tinkerer and trainee ornithologist Martin Jensen here releases the quintessence of Polytechnic Youth sound, offering a moody bit of old-school IDM with all of the synthy sparkle that makes this label so darn popular. If you like tiny, bit-by-bit melodies playing between light-industrial beats, then look no further than ‘Another Way of Falling Apart, wherein Jensen keeps his electronica ticking over for our pleasure.
Perhaps the biggest revelation for me is that he’d make a good droner: “You Were Right About the Stars” is a lovely, sparse soundscape that eventually breaks character for a breathless sketch of sci-fi dance, its twinkling melodies reminding me of a more straightforward FRIENDZONE or Chlorine Mist. Again, on “Yesterday’s Ghost”, he suggests an artist who can make lovely passages of ambient rumination, languishing between his beaming mix of techno and new wave. It matters not -- the overall work he makes as the Home Current focuses itself onto emotion, each climactic stab evoking drama from the beatlessness before it.
It’s a lovely record and he should be proud of it; rarely has a record of cold synth workouts sounded this homely. Take the brutalist electronic odes of Concretism and give them a nice place to stay with a pet dog who's a good boy.
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