California Storm - A Silent Movement

Carpe Sonum
(SEIZELXI: 708527210314/)

Release Date: 11/5/2021.

Near eighty minutes of arpeggiated and atomized 70s-style electronic bliss-out by the mysteriously-coined California Storm. Someone’s fully ingested the more elaborate slabs of classic Teutonic synth-itude and all things Namlookian across thirty-three (!) vignettes that literally recall more astute signifiers across the genre’s rich history than many artists hope to ever cite. So, if variety across the analog spectrum’s your game, drink deep of this beauteous long-player that’s so agog with bright analogics you’ll be a week absorbing it all. “You And Me And Protons” could have been summarily swiped from one of several early 80s Tangerine Dream sides, all bright crystalline sequencers and mellotron wash, while “Large Scale Intruders” reaps the moog-ian whirlwind in a pristine rush of industrialized bottom end that’s blackened with dark streaks of Rhys Fulber/Synaesthesia-esque crusts. That California Storm crosses these disparate barriers and more speaks of an artist unafraid to test the categorical waters. “Life’s A Laundromat” is a beguiling piece of bubbly, effervescent synth-pop whose economy of duration does it a disservice: it could go on for double its length and never wear out its welcome. Ditto the following “A Thousand Miles Away From the Sun”, whose klingklang you wish could be stretched like aural taffy to engulf your ears in sugary overload. But that’s where California Storm’s greatest strength lies, providing the listener with well-sculpted compositional teases that only begs you play the whole damn thing again once it’s over. The record’s innocent charm never wavers one circuit-coerced iota, guaranteeing you’ll weather this particular Storm with barely-controlled glee and a cheshire-cat grin; it’s nigh on irresistible. 

Track Listing
  1. The Dark Machine
  2. A Thousand Miles Away From the Sun
  3. The Village
  4. The Silent Movement
  5. Twisted
  6. Smooth Rotation on a Midnight Cloud
  7. Early Morning Sunlight
  8. Large Scale Intruders
  9. A Cloudless Sky and an Empty Road
  10. A Frozen View
  11. Interplanetary Communication
  12. The Pleasures of Rain
  13. There's a New Place in Ohio
  14. In Control
  15. Something Strange Happened
  16. Life's a Laundromat
  17. You and Me and Protons
  18. The Strange Shadow Behind the Table
  19. Shyness Alert
  20. The Shadow and the Ghost
  21. Green Lantern
  22. The Silver Surface of an Object
  23. Slightly More Normal
  24. Another Summer Passes By
  25. A Star Behind the Scene
  26. Unknown Territories
  27. The Other Side of Midnight
  28. Sugar Bay
  29. The Narrow Sequence
  30. On the Building Looking at the Moon
  31. Capricorn
  32. A Beat on Repeat
  33. A Circle of Dreams

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