Boomkat Product Review:
Piquant, nerve-tweak synth études from Russian techno oddbod Tolkachev, paying homage to Soviet synth pioneers and the exploratory inventiveness of early electronics.
Put forth by Ukraine/Estonia’s Muscut (a portmanteau of music & cutting), ‘To You’ captures a rare occasion of Tolkachev ditching the busy drum machines and letting the synths spool and chatter away, prizing their ability to articulate a strange vernacular that acoustic instruments simply can’t. We’re always up for a bit of bittersweet synth dissonance, and this one really hits the spot.
It veers from the relatively calm and elegant figures of ‘Young Planet’, which really nuzzle the inside of our skull with their resonant tang, and most beautifully collapse int he final strokes, to more frazzled angularities and bonkers chatter in ‘Etude I’, which could be mistaken for something from Morton Subotnick during the ‘60s, to eventually orbit back to alien techno shapes with the prickling pulses of ‘Etude II’, which sounds closer to his more typical gear, and the likes of Jeff Mills at his most alien, or PAS, but sans kick drums and hi-hats.