Boomkat Product Review:
Selected ambient works from ex-NAKED producer Canaan Balsam. Epic, cavernous business for fans for Coil, AFX et al.
"Cruise Utopia" is the first solo work from Canaan Balsam since he left Halcyon Veil industrial duo NAKED, and it highlights another facet of his interests. The metallic grit and grind of NAKED is still there, but is relegated to the background as isolationist melancholy takes hold. Opener 'C.C.C.C' is straight out of the AFX school of ambient ('Lichen' 2.0?) with its wavering sadboi synth flute, but we're quickly fired into different realms with the elegiac 'Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears' and Coil-esque grim droner 'One Rat Short of a Plague'.
The Edinburgh-based artist infuses his work, created over the last three years, with a distinctly Scottish mentality, often juxtaposing his synth compositions with barely-audible spoken word vocals and harsh field recordings. This imparts a sense of space and never allows things to fall too far into new age loveliness, retaining a brisk, mountainous air at all times.