Boomkat Product Review:
EMS studio engineer, Mats Erlandsson enters the void in tribute to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, with his captivating debut vinyl for Copenhagen’s Posh Isolation clan.
A central figure in Stockholm and the wider Swedish electronic music community, Erlandsson uses a richly textured electro-acoustic palette to emulate the sensations of isolation, intrepidation, and melancholy we’d imagine were felt by Valentina during her 2 days and 22 hours alone in space, piloting the Soviet spacecraft, Vostok 6.
It’s quite easy to hear that Erlandsson has a nuanced knack for realising illusory space and evocatively arranged electronic tones across the rings of this slab. Every frequency occupies its own space, suspended in mid-air like hued gasses and infiltrated by flecks of space dust grain in the finest cracks and integers, occasionally keening into amorphous plunging rhythms.
We can point to projects such as Henrik Rylander and Joachim Nordwall’s Saturn and the Sun, or the vast, roiling scapes of Decimus, and even Leyland Kirby’s most miasmic compositions for some comparison, but ultimately this is a unique solo trip intended, and best taken, as such.