Boomkat Product Review:
Exceptional, dazzling modular synth compositions from the boss of Chicago's underground incubator, Catholic Tapes for John Elliott's Spectrum Spools.
A filigree mesh of field recordings and "ritual variations of a singular patch for Modular Synthesis", Naucke's 3rd solo LP since his 2010 debut for Arbor is a sophisticated and inquisitive thing of wonder, framing a macroscopic vision equally guided by academic, avant-garde intuition and painstaking studio process. Unlike so many modular pieces that feel as though we're simply being extruded thru a long wormhole, Brett's compositional strategy is far more adroit and complex, drawing us into celestial ambient dimensions with the Global Communications-like 'Up From The Sun', and yoking the wayward, diffuse vectors of plonging bass, fractious pulses and kosmic pads in 'Luau' into something remarkably coherent and other.
Deeper in, 'Sorrel & Grays' and 'Lost Inside Your Houses' survey richly detailed 4th worlds of exotic percussion and fluid, lushly harmonised synth contours, before the apex couplet of 'Harp of the Evening Garden' and 'Transmissions from the Evening Garden' assuage any doubts as to this guy's inimitable talent with a beguiling display of dynamic, technoid rhythms and chamber-like harmonics laced with alien synth signals. Taken as a lesson in modular architecture, and as a riveting listening experience, it's clearly worthy of huge recommendation to modular synth and electronic music from Conrad Schnitzler to Bee Mask, Aphex Twin, and far beyond.