Boomkat Product Review:
**First edition of 600 white vinyl with free download code** Barn Owl, Jon Porras completes his transition into barren techno scapes with the entirely synthesised sound-worlds of 'Light Divide'. Over the last few solo releases both under his own name and the VALLENS moniker, we've witnessed his stygian passage from effected instrumental compositions to a much darker underworld of cavernous sound design and systolic throbs, one which owes more to the styles of Andy Stott, Basic Channel or Demdike Stare than anything ostensibly connected to the guitar and amp worship he carved his name on with Barn Owl. While 'Light Divide' might not have a guitar in sight, the cinematic scope of Barn Owl and his earlier solo outings is still key to his current sound. Benefitting from the impeccable mastering of Rashad Becker, the five tracks here sprawl a gauzy, impressionistic panorama taking in hulking, quasi-speed dub techno silhouette of 'Pleiades' and the breathtakingly solemn, Gas-like creeper 'Apeiron' beside intense, dread-riddled slab, 'Divide', and the fathomless ambient techno of 'New Monument'.