Boomkat Product Review:
Restlessly explorative sound designs by Nuel - regular collaborator with Donato Dozzy - who drastically tacks to icy noise ecologies after the lush vibes of 2011’s Trance Mutation, which was also issued by Seattle’s Further Records.
As the title suggests, his head is at an extreme, northerly latitude in Hyperboreal, charting glacially nuanced levels of electronic movement coaxed from the Ekdahl semi-modular synth and a handful of pedals, all recorded in the space of a few days at his pal, Neel’s Enisslab Studio in Rome, 2015.
6-tracks and 40 minutes long, it maps out his most abstract, intense trip to date when compared with the relatively conventional grooves of The Aquaplano Sessions, or anything else in his catalogue for that matter.
With the plangent phasing and intricate blips of opener Steppin’ Stone we find him closer to Mika Vainio or Emptyset than anything else, setting a wide open template for the pulsating, cascading geometries of Polaris and the cavernous subterranean plong of the title track to follow.
However, with -Om his sound begins to coalesce, forming a dense, keening lattice of interlocking, shivering ice crystal structures, before Be Well blooms with bittersweet, brightly lit dissonance as sharp as arctic sunlight, and those structures start to thaw and melt in the puddling process of The Rest is Noise.