Boomkat Product Review:
The balmy charms of Martin Glass’s ersatz-Pacific excursion ushers the welcome return of electronics dreamers, Dramatic Records, who co-release The Pacific Visions of Martin Glass with London’s Kit Records.
Sailing out somewhere between Spencer Clarke’s imaginary travelogues and homoerotic windsurfing soundtracks, the downtempo feels of Quiet Village, and the piquant digital clarity of Haruomi Hosono’s 4th World, Glass updates Martin Denny’s vision in key with popular collective memory phase shifts of the past 30 years.
“Exiled in Taiwan working on a deal that never gets done, an American businessman falls under the hypnotic spell of the Pacific. His is an Asiatisch fever dream - seaside lovers, translucent virtual vocalists, glass-y '80s synthesisers and multinational muzak. It's an ode to Pacific bubble decadence, beamed from a lilo or a roof garden (or both)... all fizzing arpeggios, melancholy marimba symphonies and sunken yacht karaoke.
In terms of sonic references: forgotten '70s nippon pop, Sakomoto + Glass sweeping neo-classicism, Haruomi Hosono driftwood, Susumu Yokota floral pretty-ness... it's all there somewhere…?”