Boomkat Product Review:
Amazing session of modular synth noise and treated clarinet from the intrepid Golden Retriever duo. Matt Carlson (Parenthetical Girls/Bonus) and Jonathan Sielaff expand the magical and unique sound of their five (highly limited) previous releases on Root Strata, Gift Tapes and more with 'Emergent Layer', blooming Sielaff's voluminous bass clarinet over dynamically complex and unpredictable modular synth tones. It's at once primal and super futurist, real-timed realizations of incredibly vivid and physically sculpted abstractions. The secret may be in Matt Carlson's stereo-wide processing and endlessly unfurling synth shapes, which restlessly, but sensitively uses all the space available to him, but equally the central feature is undoubtedly that Clarinet, balancing the human/machine equation with awe-inspiring celestial grace. Basically, it sounds about as close as you'll get to Oneohtrix Point Never jamming in a martian glade with Keith Fullerton-Whitman. If you don't own a tape player, you're seriously missing out on an experience. Highly recommended.