Boomkat Product Review:
Astral Industries salvage a sublime ambient side from the oceanic ‘90s canon with Kim Cascone’s enchanted Lunar Phase (1995) turn as Heavenly Music Corporation - now presented on vinyl for the first time, faithfully re-mastered by Noel Summerville to sound as immersive as ever.
Lunar Phase serves a timely reminder of Cascone's indelible influence over that lush, utopian phase of late 20th century ambient music, a time when his Silent label was a pivotal touchstone for that fluffy, contemplative, post-club sound, which was most likely consumed with copious amount of hash and residual gurns sliding off your jaw.
This (slightly trimmed down) reissue, licensed from Silent, clearly endures into whatever we call this decade (the shit one?) by way of its near ineffable sincerity and sense of naivety, offering crystal clear windows onto four heart-meltingly sweet and creamy spheres that probably do exist in a parallel dimension somewhere pineal, between the eyes.
It should comes as little surprise then, that Lunar Phase was composed and compiled with meditation in mind, and originally broadcast by St. Giga, Japan - a satellite broadcast radio station that transmits ambient music 24 hours a day, whose programming is based around current tidal movements.
With the exception of Seafloor Starlight, which would have pushed this set over 2LPs, you have the album pretty much as it was intended; first seducing us to his ethereal temporality with the waning synth washes and frothing acid pulses of Energy Portal, then exploring the subaquatic acid caves of St. Giga, and sailing across the B-side archipelago of Lunar Phase - warmly tipped to ambient Plastikman fiends - the new age suspension of Nautiluss and the arcing arpeggios of Cloudless Light, to the tranquil, curdling acid accumulation of Orgone.
A beautiful escape pod, there when you need it.