Boomkat Product Review:
Collectible ambient label New Atlantis unspool a sublime 3rd release, the solo debut proper by label family member JQ, who presents “…An album about guilt, paranoia, depression, the relationship with self, and growing up in the digital age.”
Five years in the works and split in two parts, Past + Present, said to be “signifying life before and after invasive technology” JQ meditates on the hauntological nature of digital culture thru the apt prism of ambient music - a style of music p’raps best described as symptomatic or a side effect of the digital era, and whose popularity, effect and use directly correlates with the ubiquitous expansion of digital technologies.
A product of its environment, Invisible renders what history will come to regard as a unique perspective of humanity, as the the expression of someone who has experience life before and after the internet came to dominate societal structures and strictures. With that in mind, the first half traverses from the innocent chimes of Komorebi and U_1644 to balmy balearic boogie, befroe a creeping sense of tension comes into play with Memories ultimately leading to the lurking introspection of Spyware, bringing the Past to a close.
The mood explicitly changes on the B-side as 10 minute piece You Can Never Escape What You’ve Done connotes a stark sense of coming to terms with the present, resolving with the phthalocyanine electro of Once, followed by the ambient equivalent of a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ with the wistful new age flute drift of Acceptance.