Boomkat Product Review:
The very first release on a new dance-oriented offshoot of Japanese electronica label Plop, Neon Veils is Arctic Hospital's sophomore full-length, harbouring eight tracks of articulate techno futurism. 'Sunset Circle' starts the album off in a hollowed-out, metallic mode, maintaining a fairly functional tone in comparison with what's to come. A spongy, loosened-up feel characterises 'Encompass', which exhibits some of the squawking electronic detail and elaborate programming that takes this album beyond the normal parameters of dancefloor music. That's especially true of 'Stepping Back', which splutters along like a particularly cranked Funckarma production. Closing track 'Night Carrier' is stranger still, dismantling itself in the final three minutes to the point where two entirely different beats at two entirely different tempos clash. Fear not though 4/4 fans, there are plenty of rhythmically cogent beat structures over the course of the album, absorbing Bitstream-like machine pulses on 'Placement Of Air' and fast-moving, vocoded electro-house arrangements on 'At Random'.