Boomkat Product Review:
A thoroughly charming EP of juniper scented electronica, 'Asleep On The Wing' sees Pulseprogramming's Marc Hellner giving us a heads up on his forthcoming 'Marriages' long-player. Produced by Telefon Tel Aviv, Hellner's world is one of vista-expanding sunsets and streaked with vapour trails of melancholy. Or something. Opening with the title track, Hellner reveals a tender yet insistent vocal style that (whilst rubbed with a vocoder) adds a tacit human quality to the epic background wash. Watermarked with Telefon Tel Aviv's 'Map of What Is Effortless', 'Asleep On The Wing' also manages to make aural references to Mogwai's 'Hunted By The Freaks', Schneider TM, Sigur Ros and all manner of shoegazing luminaries without once coming across as crowded. Whilst 'Cloudless Exit' is really just a pink-hued ambient extension to the opening track, 'Envoi' pushes things on with brittle beats underwriting the billowing soundscapes. Similarly, the mournful 'Veytaux to Villeneuvfe' has more than a nod in Steve Reich's direction, whilst the HUGE Telefon Tel Aviv remix of the title track is a stunning epilogue that lends the EP a scope and grace not readily achieved in modern music. Also includes an excellent “A Grape Dope” remix. Recommended.