Boomkat Product Review:
Albert Salinas & Philip Sherburne’s Balmat label welcome Portland, OR’s Patricia Wolf for a serene suite of ambient storytelling resonating with works by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Ekin Fil or Grouper.
Previously a member of post-punk unit Soft Metals, Patricia has spent the past few years in pursuit of a more textural and tonal-based sound as Patricia Wolf, as found on the album ‘I’ll Look For You In Others’ and strewn across multiple compilations. On ‘See-Through’ she appears at her most shimmering and widescreen in the wake of label albums by Luke Sanger and Hoavi, picking up a thread of illusive atmospheric music and weaving it into her own tapestries of modular synths, plangent desert guitars, field recordings and tempered clouds of reverberating vocals.
As with her previous post-punk emulations, Patricia plays well into its conventions and subtly redraws their edges, perhaps most strikingly on ‘The Grotto’, where dark blue-skied guitar meets glossolalic vocals mid-air, and turns into a raga-like lament over its 3 minute lifespan, while ‘A Conversation With My Innocence’ also floats around the shoegaze ambient sweetspot, and ‘The Flâneur’ exemplifies her gossamer touch along with the lush analog wow and flutter of ‘Pacific Coast Highway’, which weaves in drum machine pulses in the closest echo of her former works.