Boomkat Product Review:
John Chantler offers his most substantial solo recordings in over seven years. Housed in lustrous, silk-screened sleeve, 'The Luminous Ground' glows with a deeply instinctive feel for bewildering, alien harmonics and psychoactivated tunings arising from processes of modular synthesis. A pulsing and glimmering collision of oscillated tone, filtered textures and syncopated rhythm, John guides his captivating patterns with a playful but sincere intent, clearly fascinated by the sounds his machines make and with the compositional intuition to give them a semblance of human form, articulating pure abstractions as tangible, visceral emotions through the possibilities of patching. Experiencing this record, it's understandable that he took so long to craft a solo release. This is once-in-seven years material, the kind of precious substance which must pass through many refinement stages of personal discovery and experimentation until it's possible to almost blindly find his way through the wires. The result is a fresh palette of distinctly accented and flavoured tones which unfold in the most unforetold manner; acrid and bittersweet sounds which calmly alarm the senses. Fans of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Leyland Kirby's searching electronics will find much to immerse themselves in. Highly recommended!