Boomkat Product Review:
The divine 2nd LP from PJ Dorsey’s Tarotplane, 358 Oblique follows in the mindful cosmic vein of his First [2015, Aguirre records] album with a seamlessly absorbing session of shimmering guitars and richly layered electronics. Fans of Coil, Richard Pinhas, Biosphere or Steve Hauschildt need to give this one some attention.
Following on from Lullabies For Insomniacs’ László Hortobágyi’s vintage Transreplica Meccano ace, Tarotplane keeps the label’s mystic qualities stratospheric with two sides of steeply hypnotic vibes that draw on a lifetime spent exploring psychoactive music, and clearly fascinated by the way it can affect one’s consciousness.
With that in mind, 358 Oblique treads the finest line between lysergic caress and distress, cradling the listener on a sublime trip fringed with perilous darkness, as harmonised loops uncoil across the five part A-side, Tab in The Ozone leading us thru familiar yet alien zones of deep blue, phosphorescing timbres scattered with the distant calls of strange animalculæ and swept with emulated environmental sounds into ever more curious wormholes. By the B-side, like the mid-way of a heavy psychedelic journey where the entrance and exit are equal distances apart (yet you can actually escape this one if you want), he really gets under the skin, revealing vast inner worlds of keening harmonics that take us right to the shoreline of the soul.
Of course, as with any psychoactive substance, the results will differ for every user, but it’s perhaps fair to say that this one is fine tuned for the broadest appeal and effect with all who encounter its otherworldly dimensions.