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Boomkat Product Review:
Psychedelic, low-slung neo-kosmische grooves somewhere between Morricone or Jean-Claude Vannier and Popol Vuh or even Suzanne Ciani.
Tomaga's seventh and final album, "Intimate Immensity" was completed just before the untimely death of Tom Relleen, who had been recording with percussionist Valentina Magaletti since 2013. This set was mostly put together at Relleen's self-styled "Bunker" studio during off days from incessant touring, and explores the concept of intimacy and space while dragging in influence from artists as disparate as Muslimgauze and Pauline Anna Strom. The result is a fluid selection of jams that speak to Magaletti and Relleen's confidence performing together as well as their insatiable hunger for exploration and creative betterment.
If there's an overwhelming mood it's the groove-led psychedelia that often accompanies Italian arthouse/trash axis movies or the kind of private press goodness that Light in the Attic might repackage for wider consumption. There's an expertise and jazz root that hints at library music chops, but each track belies an interest in more experimental modes, from the Religious Knives / Dead-esque jammer 'The Snake' to the furious club-in-dub funque explosion of 'More Flowers'. Genre agnostic, potent stuff for anyone who's exhausted the soundtrack reissue industrial complex and fancies something more challenging and way more exploratory.