Boomkat Product Review:
Wonderful and lushly diffuse return from Glasgow-based polymath Konx-Om-Pax, who’s been almost conspicuous by his musical absence since the Regional Surrealism album for Planet Mu in 2012.
With a strong background in animation and graphic design (his work has graced covers by Rustie, Lone, Hud Mo and 0PN), Tom Scholefield a.k.a. Konx-Om-Pax approaches sound design and arrangement with a similarly visual, dramatic quality and diversity, which is at its most striking and immediate in Caramel.
The main cue points are discernibly kosmische synth music, its warbly ‘80s cinematic antecedents, and classic, unadulterated rave ecstasy, which are each reduced to their plasmic essence and spread like a thizzing, glowing sweat sheen across the album.
It’s emotive in a way that a good bunch of Scots artists seem to specialise in, at once reflecting their staggering landscapes and social buzz, and finding mutual soul in the music of Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and BoC, or even other artists from the same latitudes, like TCF, 0PN or Tim Hecker. Quite basically if you like any of the above; you’re probably susceptible to a massive buzz off this album.