Boomkat Product Review:
North Californian landscapes supply a rich influence to the solo debut by Marcel Sletten, writing in a self-termed style of “Zen Americana” for his label, Primordial Void
Arriving in the wake of PV’s stellar Oï les Ox album (joint released with The Death of Rave), Sletten’s solo debut proper takes its cues from the spiritual energy of the Bay Area, California Delta, and Sierra Nevada for a charming EP oscillating plaintive, floating drones and more expansive, ecstatic synth flights steeped in the new age suss of the West Coast’s promised land.
Treating his synths like the acoustic guitars of folk, Sletten evokes the wonder of an old new world with strong winks toward 0PN via, perhaps, the likes of J.D. Emmanuel, with a shifting play of light and spatial scale unfolding in his transition from ‘Morphine’, to the arpeggiated vistas of ‘Amador City Blues’, the gushing light streams of ‘Mount Diablo Sunset’, and ‘Transmat Memories’-era Oneohtrix Point never-style bittersweetness of ‘Grace.’ Definitely one to keep an ear on.