Boomkat Product Review:
This is a bit of a curveball from Lawrence English’s Room40 label, finding them finally dipping their toe into technoid waters. ‘Circle Music’ is no mere ‘noise techno’ experimentation mind you; it’s a delicious throwback to ‘Sheet One’ era Plastikman with more than a nod to Ricardo Donoso’s post-trance mantras. Eugene Carchesio is apparently something of an Aussie underground fixture, but whether you know about him or not this album instantly endears itself with its studied, knowledgeable acid variations. Rolling 303 sounds make up the meat of the record - they are occasionally joined by subtle almost inaudible percussion and a chain of delays, but make no mistake this is the legendary bassline generator’s record. Comparisons could no doubt be made with any early acid improvisers (including recently rediscovered hero Charanjit Singh), but where Carchesio really succeeds is using these familiar sounds to make variations on Terry Riley or Steve Reich’s themes of repetition and slow phasing. The result is hypnotic, jarring and sometimes even revelatory, pulling you into a world you’ve likely forgotten existed. Incredible stuff.