Boomkat Product Review:
Selection of tracks culled from limited cassettes and CD-Rs released over 2003-10, personally chosen, "reimagined, reedited and remastered" by the artist himself.
It's a strong collection of synthetic psychedelia, Bee Mask aka Chris Madak creates bubbling ecosystems that sound too lustrous and lifelike to have been coaxed from machines. Some are sustained, drone-based pieces, others groan and crackle with industrial activity; others still hover in the most hypnotic, ritual ambient zones - electronic ragas for opiated alien beatniks ('How To Live In A Smashed State' is a telling track title).
Perhaps most attractively of all, Madak resists the faux-naive, new age hedonism so commonplace and cloying in 21st century kosmische, daring instead to pursue an altogether darker muse.