Boomkat Product Review:
Mor Elian dives into ambient techno waters under her new Alloy Sea alias, with a gorgeous 50 minute session constructed over a year and finalised during lockdown. Strong recommendation if yr into owt from classic Chain Reaction/Din vibes to Shackleton’s sprawling knew age bass experiments.
The first release on Syn Syn, a sublabel of Fever AM, ‘Petrichor’ sees Elian read the room’s need for more sensual pads and looser rhythms across a sumptuous suite of submerged depth-charge basses, systolic thrums and sky-limning synth dynamics that bring her sound design skills to the fore, and out to the peripheries.
In four parts split between two tape sides, ‘Petrichor’ flows seamlessly in long sections like a mixtape, radiating from the start like some meeting of Hallucinator and Jay Glass Dubs, and spinning out into nimble but woozy ambient steppers rhythms a la Vladislav Delay, before puckering into more crystalline new age electronics reminiscent of Selten Erdene, and sprawling out into imaginative ambient techno interzones strewn with alien, Arca-esque choral pads in acres of synthesised room.
File under knew-age dance simulacra.