Boomkat Product Review:
Illum Sphere lets the machines talk on his 2nd album with Ninja Tune, nodding very strongly in the direction of Actress' early versatility with the gauzy developments of Glass after teasing this sound in with the moody visions of Second Sight and Thousand Yard Stare.
It's fair to say he's been plotting in this direction for some time, now finally finding his muse in Berlin, which has clearly informed the disaffected, nervy feel of this album.
Glass is effectively an electronic album in the '00s mould, but rewired with elements of its antecedents - coldwave melodies, proto-techno abstraction, Detroit harmonies and ambient dub space - which are distilled with the kinda sober sensibilities that have attracted attention from Ben UFO and Thom Yorke.
Playing favourites, we direct you to the Detroit-informed Omar S styles of Fall Into Water, the Actress-alike dream sequence dimensions of Oracle or River, and the deep blue Belgian melodies of Wounded.