Boomkat Product Review:
We're suckers for tape loops here and Marta De Pascalis feeds our obsession with a buffet of ferric goodness with "Sonus Ruinae". Recorded at WORM in Rotterdam, the album blasts through repeating synth patterns that shift and shimmy around each other with all the wow and flutter u can shake a ceramic head at.
It's nothing new, exactly, but De Pascalis gives these dusty sounds so much life and soul that it's hard to complain. Within the sensual opiate of sonic fetishism, there's a clear direction and narrative that pulls us into De Pascalis's hazy world - somewhere between early BoC, early Emeralds, Valerio Tricoli and Delia Derbyshire. Shifting hazily from unsettling to comforting, it's a record u want to curl up and live in, if just to escape reality for a moment.
"Tape loops are a closed path, a cyclic river, a ring around a far planet. They’re like our memory continuously reenacting an artefact that belongs to a precise point in time, brought back in a process of recall where that artifact slightly and slowly becomes imprecise and shifted. An unrested repetition carved into an old pavement, in a city where every generation leaves a new mark, a new incision and maintains an endless process of birth and deterioration. Marta De Pascalis’ Sonus Ruinae's synthesizers sounds are gently laid on that closed path, put in a locked repetition and engaged in that eternal dance. Her album is a canvas of harmonics and a sublime place where things are whole, where your first listen is engraved just like that ancient city’s pavement, and Marta endlessly writes beauty on top of it, layer after layer."