Boomkat Product Review:
Features Thom Yorke, Linda Perhacs, Bibio and Beans.
Restless electronic music explorer Mark Pritchard presents his finest work since the seminal 76:14, which was released way back in 1994 with Tom Middleton as Global Communication. In the meantime, under monikers such as Harmonic 313, Link, and Reload, he’s placed a rarified touch on myriad styles, but we’d defy anyone to name a more broad-minded and immersively stellar album than Under The Sun from any of his aliases.
By kicking back the time-stamped beats and re-embracing amorphous dimensions of synth music, folk song and even medieval composition, Under The Sun divines a curiously anachronistic, weightless space that where he’s free to parse and transpose the massed sum of modern sonic culture thru a lucid, eldtrich lens.
In this quantum non-place, he draws uncommon threads between the primordial drone and cinematic vision of his legendary ? thru the Suicide-rush of Infrared and milky, Canterbury pop spumes of Give It Your Choir featuring a very Panda Bear-sounding Bibio, and into the melancholy vocoder polyphony of Falling before teaming up with Thom Yorke in the rustically faded maypole shuffler, Beautiful People which surely marks up his most impressive song-writing.
The preceding synth theme, Sad Alron works as a palate cleanser for one of the album’s other striking vocal highlights, placing a ghostly Linda Perhacs over the acoustic stroke of You Wash My Soul, and cycling back to one of the album’s synth recurrent themes in Hi Red, seemingly in order to recalibrate your head for the final third, sweeping from lush Schulzeian scapes in Ems to the abstract electro-jazz prism of The Blinds Cage with APC’s Beans, culminating at a string of hieroglyphic ambient regressions spiralling from Khufu thru the sub-bass and siren polyphony of Rebel Angels and the maypole footwork of Under The Sun to a chamber-like closer, Cycles of 9.