Boomkat Product Review:
Radioland is without question one of the most beautiful and overlooked albums in the modern drone/ambient scene.
It takes shortwave radio signals as its starting point, inviting comparisons with Tod Dockstader and William Basinski, but while there's often a grainy murk to those works, Mathieu brings a luminosity and brightness out of his sources.
The opening trilogy of pieces (each named after an archangel) makes for an absorbing half-hour sequence, each composition spanning an immersive ten minutes of analogue-mastered, carefully processed signals. To some of the less ardent drone disciples out there, it might be difficult to accept that certain records ascribing to that format can be radically better than others, but Radioland really is.
The detail, subtlety and physicality of this music transcends the norm by some measure, with the most involved, elaborate pieces sounding almost symphonic.
A real classic of the genre.