Boomkat Product Review:
Blissed-out and highly evocative widescreen layerings from Rafael Anton Irisarri on this beautiful new album for Room 40, an immaculately constructed series of apocalyptically angsty ambient dreamscapes that sound like a gauzy HDR composite of The Caretaker, Talk Talk, William Basinski and Slowdive. If you're into any of the above, this one will push all your buttons at once.
With each new album Irisarri has managed to tweak and fine-tune his production to the point where 'Solastalgia' finds his now perfected swells soar to new heights. Although it’s a sound that's been tried and tested numerous times over the last couple of decades, and by many artists, Irisarri here manages to assemble perhaps the definitive article for this kind of quietly epic late night melodrama; where liminal dream states nod to classic Shoegaze, while submerged, shimmering melodies remind us of both Talk Talk ('Kiss All The Pretty Skies Goodbye’) and Fennesz (Coastal Trapped Disturbance).
The album is essentially about the sense of sorrow and despair at the environmental and socioeconomic disaster we all face, but ‘Solastalgia’ is ultimately a deeply personal listen, one that attempts to slow down time so that we might savour the beauty around us, if even for just an hour.