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Review: 'Solyst'

-  Label: 'Bureau B'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '13.8.21.'

Our Rating:
As we are well into summer it feels odd to be reviewing an album called Spring, the album in question is Solyst fourth album and apparently took three years for Thomas Klein to record and produce this album.

The album opens with current single Sheroes that's a wash of ambient dance music that sounds indebted to Kraftwerk but it doesn't build on that bands futuristic sound, in fact it seems to want to strip it back and I'm left hearing the sort of music that would make me walk through a room in a club to find more interesting sounds elsewhere.

Flex takes a well-worn bassline and adds disjointed drums and other percussive noises to create aural wallpaper with a slight woodchip texture.

Thief is ambient background chillout music that has the odd, interesting moment but feels a bit too inconsequential until the middle section that has an interesting drum pattern with off twangy sounds that come and go.

Flush sadly doesn't sound like 50 toilets flushing in sequence but has some plinky plonky noises and what almost sounds like a sampled bluebottle over some very spare percussion and eventually some Chinese gong and singing bowl sounds.

Hold is the sort of Hold music that would drive me up the wall, if it was left on repeat while waiting half an hour to get through to some organization or other, thankfully on the album it's only just over 5 minutes long with some odd Chinese opera style elements mixed into the ambient backwash.

Atlas takes us down into a dank basement for some late-night torture music, the percussion just about lifting you out of the torpor, so you'll be ready to shuffle across a room while trying to figure out if it sounds more like treated train noises or manipulated samples of motorway sounds.

Spiral takes a slow insistent beat and builds around it lots of weird ambient noises that revolve around in ever decreasing circles seemingly ad infinitum.

The album closes with Spring that sounds quite autumnal and doom laden with the percussion marking time for a slow march to despair as the keyboard tones linger and try for some equilibrium within the sounds of a ticking clock and the sound of a metronome.

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  author: simonovitch

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