Extraterrestrial Solace is an artist from the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) who recently released Genovesa Floreana. The artist learned to play Cuban and African rhythms as a drummer and merged it with a number of electronic elements. Combining hardware and virtual instruments he explores an engaging combination of sounds.
Up first is “Delitescence” which begins with otherworldly type synths. Airy pads and percussion elements flicker back and forth. Eventually a substantial backbone of a beat comes into the picture with what sounds like a flamenco guitar. Elements of genres like hip-hop emerge as the song progresses. It’s a solid opener which is indicative of what else you will hear as the album progresses.
Next up is “A Memoir” which contains a fuzzy lead bass line along with piano and percussive elements. The song has a distinctly different feel than the first song but also doesn't feel worlds away from it.
“Unearthed” is one of the more dynamic pieces. Some sections contain blistering synths with other trickling electronic percussive elements. The juxtaposition works quite well and was certified headphone music.
“December” was a song that is a club song. The beat is driving, ecstasy-laced and gets your heart hopping. It races along with an energy that will get your adrenaline going. I enjoyed “Going Home” and “Fingerprints” but I thought he saved the best for last with the sprawling song “Senescene.” I enjoyed the minimal aspects of the songs and the siren-like synth.
Overall, I really enjoyed the album because of the attention to detail and diversity of sounds. Recommended.
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