Boomkat Product Review:
Following Roméo Poirier’s much loved collage ‘Plage Arrière’ LP, the blessed matrimony of SWIMS and Kit Records spawns this enigmatic beauty by undisclosed figures working as Electric Capablanca, hitting a mark of toytronica and pastoral charm somewhere between Isan, Cluster, Laurie Spiegel or Werkbund
Like watching bucolic scenes become frayed under the influence of acid, ‘Puzzles & Studies’ unfolds on the mind with a gently poetic, lysergic quality. It sounds like the work of drifting minds who’ve been at it for a good while, but the labels are being cryptic about the provenance of Electric Casablanca, so let the guessing games begin in earnest.
A patchwork jigsaw of melodic rivulets are carried on effortlessly diverse rhythms ranging from sloshing to brittle and windswept, stepping into and out of the grid at their wont. Seeping in with the lather of flyaway arps and arcing pads in ‘Baltic Variation’ the LP turns in nine stages from the concise, hallucinatory framework of ‘Zugzwang’ to crisp, brooding Metamatics-style IDM/electro in ‘Karpov Counter’ to lump-in-throat swells of angelic strings and choral sighs on ‘Casablanca Spin’, before it all really becomes diffuse on the B-siude with a captivating trio of chamber-like mirages, and comms to rest in the percolated glossolalia and tape-weft widescreen scaring of ‘Gluoco Piano’ that wraps the LP up in a pretty bow and a thizzing kiss on your forehead.