Boomkat Product Review:
This is brilliant; a debut album from Antwerp’s Milan W, referncing nineties ambient exotica, classic Belgian synth music and outright electronic oddities. File somewhere between Pye Corner Audio, Boards of Canada, Bochum Welt and fellow Belgians, Alain Pierre and Lieven Martens.
This record is really pushing all the right buttons for us, notching the sweetest balance of nostalgic reverie and parallel-world ambient narrative. Minimal, wistful, and sanguine in equal measures, Milan W works with an economy of melodic movement, managing to juice a patented sense of expression from every moment, rather than looping endlessly into the distance.
From the creamy sway and texture of Venice thru the pizzicato bubble of Data and Aurora’s pastoral winks, it’s all riddled with sylvan earworms that evoke the fuzziest post-rave feels in a playfully deft manner that’s doesn’t come around so often. But it also gently tends to the other side of that curve, with more melancholic, in-between moods elicited in the elegant chamber dub of Hall whilst Drummer One beautifully dances on our nerve ends with featherlite touch, and the closing Contender provides a perfectly ambiguous kiss-off.
Bit of a no-brainer, really. Warmest recommendations!