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Boomkat Product Review:
New album from Chicago's Ken Camden, moonlighting from his day job in post-rock astronomers Implodes. This is in fact his third solo album to date, and his second for Kranky following 2010's 'Deft', diverting Lethargy & Repercussions; and it takes us further from Camden's shoegazing roots into the realm of pure cosmic electronics. The zero-gravity synth terraforming of curtain-raiser 'Spectacle' puts us in mind of Emeralds man Steve Hauschildt's solo sides, while the magnificent 'Eta Carinae' combines the sound palette of Dieter Moebius's Tonspuren with a haunting, almost medievalist folk approach to melody. Camden's heavily treated guitar comes to the fore in 'Moon', a forlorn, exquisitely minimal space blues that's equal parts Pink Floyd and Popol Vuh, before 'Trapezium' steers us back into dainty, soft-hued Z-Arts psychedelia; 'Antares' and 'Dominic Sunset' nod to the eerie, expansive drones of Oneohtrix's Rifts material, and the carefully articulated isolationism of Artemiev's scores for Tarkovsky, distant vocal harmonies amplifying the acute sense of existential drift and nostalgia for a world you can't remember, and may not ever have existed. This record is a genre-piece, make no mistake, but a lovingly and confidently rendered one.