Boomkat Product Review:
Philip Sherburne & Albert Salinas’ nascent label, Balmat embrace Nueen’s shimmering ambient pads and FM synthesis for its fourth release of ambient romance edging onto backroom dance music.
Looking close to the label’s home, located between Catalonia and Mallorca, Nueen chime into Balmat’s aesthetic definitions with a blissed suite elegantly oscillating from sunblushed pads to duskier new age/4th world horizons, puckered pop-ambient and sinuous grooves. In the process they subtly refresh and make their mark on vintage paradigms, following the course of their Quiet Time and Good Morning Tapes releases into more percussively defined ambient dance music adjacent to the 3XL stable.
'Diagrams of Thought’ grows from notions of gauzy Mediterranean ambient on the deep blue to burnt organ descent of ‘To Eve’, thru playful pieces of syn-flute new age and balmy FM strokes, to an ace piece of pop ambient making lush use of low-lying Reese bass and processed vocals redolent of Christos Chondropoulos’ imaginative AI folk vocals in ‘Mett’. A radiant patch of melodic thought ‘Let Me Be Gone For a While’ then sets up a more unpredictable swerve to brooding purple ambient hues on ‘Dome’ and, ultimately, the album’s seductive turn toward the ‘floor with flickering electric zinger ‘Veta’ and the feathered stepper ‘Maxima’ beckoning a good night ahead.