Boomkat Product Review:
Finnish sound designer Atte Elias Kantonen dematerialises into surrealist hyper-synthesised glaciality on one of the most satisfying new electronic works we’ve heard this year. It’s both future-facing and entirely familiar with traditional experimental modes, a rare example of uncompromising sound design that also makes for a completely mesmerising listen. If you're obsessed with Theo Burt's still entirely inimitable ‘Gloss’, or the work of TCF - you might have just found a worthy companion.
Packed full of glassy sound design, spatial trickery and the kind of stylistic discipline that would no doubt make Mark Fell or Florian Hecker salivate (or more likely nod in appreciation), Kantonen has done that rare thing of making what should ostensibly be an unlistenable experience translate into one of the most emotionally engaging avant-electronic releases we've heard in time.
Kantonen's compositions are like fluid architecture - full of satisfying, gravity-defying curves and unexpected turns - and still somehow still in possession of a warm, glowing heart, expressing a world of emotion thru gloopy sonic textures. Perhaps its the sheer resonant beauty of the palette - those synth pads are really nothing short of transfixing - but every turn seems to take you to a new vanatge point, each one displaying a rendered vision of the future that’s all too human despite all those ray-traced, chrome contours.
It’s basically the audio equivalent of tasting a rainbow, on acid, and we're fucking glued to it.