Boomkat Product Review:
Brilliant, lysergic synth-pop pearls and romantic elegies from Tekla Peterson, the unpredicted pop alias of cellist Louise Bock, something quite different on the reliable Geographic North - RIYL Oï les Ox, Molly Nilsson, Group Rhoda, Ka Baird
Presenting a markedly different figure to the one heard on her beautifully bleak ‘Sketch For Winter VII - Abyss: For Cello’ in 2020, Taralie Peterson expresses a far more colourful, ’80s pop-shaped sound from the bosom of the US avant-garde in ‘Heart Press’. Although barely recognisable as the work of the same artist, the two projects share an emotive grip and dreamlike magick that elevates them to be very much worth your time, and especially for lovers of canny, yet wayward pop glitter.
Your ears won’t deceive you, the whole thing is just riddled with ohrwurms and gently psychoactive, fractal details from front to back, stirring up gorgeous sorts of cusp-of-‘90s lysergic pop in the bubbling breaks and swaying FM synths of ‘Soda Pop Jam’, and stepping seminal art-pop templates with the unusual modal pop of ‘Swarm of Gnats’ like a stray Group Rhoda bullet, or channelling Molly Nilsson’s cathartic pop expression via mind-bending psych styles that speak to her background in band Spires That In The Sunset Rise beside Ka Baird.
We’re equally smitten with the chanson shimmy of ‘Between a Rock’ and dry-iced elegance of ‘Count out Shadows’, with the baroque electro disco of ‘WWIB’ sealing the deal for an EP we shall be returning to for repeat listens.