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Floatation tank biz from Samuel van Dijk aka Multicast Dynamics, who this time teams up with Finland-based producer Sid Hille. Recorded at Temppeliaukio church in Helsinki, 'Metamorphosis' is like a prayer to another universe >> RIYL Tangerine Dream, Emeralds, Air.
The world's hardly lacking bubbling cosmic synth music right now, but Dijk and Hille impress here. Split into two 25-minute sides, 'Metamorphosis' was assembled from a performance in 2019, which was then edited in the studio. Dijk handled the swirling synth textures and atmospheres, while Hille added keyboard and theremin, and although the sound is unashamedly retro, it's hard not to get absorbed.
The A side builds from almost silence, with reverberating scrapes and wobbles echoing into the church's far corners. But it's Hille's sublime electric piano work that tips it over the top - it's restrained and peaceful, like the more lifted sections of Air's "Moon Safari" stretched into gaseous ambience. Once the keyboard subsides, Dijk takes hold once more, sparking a mood not unlike Tangerine Dream's eerie early run.
The flip is even deeper and darker, but this time Hille uses a more traditional piano sound. Less effective than the first side, it eventually evolves into carnival rattles and quirky sfx, before closing on Emeralds-esque slabs of analogue bass.