Boomkat Product Review:
Proggy transcendent synth jammers like Terry Riley in an arpeggio-off with Klaus Schulze.
Byron Westbrook's last record was a low-key burner, all control and gesture - here, the Phil Niblock protege channels gut emotion to give a cathartic reflection of our confusing, anxious times. It works too, Westbrook is clearly a master synthesist and channeling his love of electrified prog and kosmische, he updates the waterlogged dronestreams of Tangerine Dream and unsurpassed cyclic magic of Terry Riley without tripping back into Emeralds/Oneohtrix repetition. "Distortion Hue" is a thoughtful, angry record that embodies the complexity of the last 12 months, expressing chaos and emotion through noise, harmony and texture.
The album veers from jagged and cinematic ('Heavy Weather'), to druggy and mystical ('Yellow Horizon Line'), but the best moments come when Westbrook goes all-out progjam, on the memorable 'Ricochet Waves' and 'Electric Blued'.