Boomkat Product Review:
Slovak dreamweaver Richard Hronsky creates weightless soundscapes on his second full-length, tangling processed environmental recordings with stuttering synth loops, baroque snippets, frozen drones and searing, saturated noise.
There's a strong sense of chronology to 'CLOSURES'. Hronsky is light on exact detail - the press release alludes to a painful loss - but listening to the album from beginning to end feels like hearing a drama unfold in real time. Opening track 'Kontinuum' builds tension with a repeating melodic loop that hiccups into a rhythm, leaving Hronsky to wrestle with growling textures in the background. On 'Ples', he centers a haunted woodwind jam, blurring it alongside watery environmental recordings, giving us a sensation of listening to a performance through lead pipes.
'CLOSURES' never remains static for too long. 'Pri Odchode Z Tohto Sveta (Rozumieť Prostrediu)' is an elastic, granulated trace of something we can't quite make out, while 'Clock Pass' places saturated spirit echoes alongside subterranean rumbles and ticking feedback. Hronsky interrupts these longer pieces with short, sharp interludes: 'Range' is 38 seconds of creaky metal and electrical interference, and 'Kodust Kaugel (Fragment)' is an eerie, short-form deja vu. He uses these moments to bolster his environment, highlighting dark nooks and crannies. On 'Palju', what sounds like a horn is overdriven into a dense bluster that cedes ground to disquieting, saturated scrapes and a pulsating kick drum.