Boomkat Product Review:
Said to have been inspired in equal parts by modern classical composition and his recent study of Buddhism, RJ Valeo releases a proper full-length follow-up to his Type release, September, with this new collection of works released by his own Io imprint. The album took over a year-and-a-half to compose and record, calling upon hardware synthesizers, computer processing, field recording, vinyl-sampling and what Valeo terms "live performance capture". The sheer quality of sound and all the creative details that have gone into shaping the album are on show for all to hear, and Atman certainly makes absorbing usage of cutting edge technology, surfing through pristine drones on the introductory 'Chasm', before warping guitars and bowed strings out of shape for the cinematic follow-up 'Safe Harbour'. There's a sudden directional shift for the ace rhythmic track, 'Through The Noise', which has a close run-in with the sort of immaculate glitch sounds you'd hear on Raster Noton. Opening up a little, 'The Whole Truth' and 'Richter Scale 6' launch into a kind of abstract techno mould, reminding you that Valeo is also an accomplished dancefloor producer under his Isomer Transition guise. There are more great beats towards the end of the album too, with 'The World Of Tomorrow', 'Late Night Hours' and 'The Other One' all breathing life into ear-cleansing, panoramic soundscapes - each using every nook and corner of the mix for great headphone listening. First class electronica from this seasoned and inventive producer.