The concept for this collaborative project from Max Loderbauer and Jacek Sienkiewicz hinges on the mountain ranges that the German and Polish artists respectively live close to. Loderbauer is close to the Alps, while Sienkiewicz lives in plain sight of Tatra, and so the pair sought to create two long form pieces inspired by these monoliths of nature and the native inhabitants of the region. In a broad, sweeping form that uses slow and steady synthesiser hum alongside processed percussion and distant vocals, "West Ridge" moves through dramatic shifts of mood and colour without losing focus, while "East Ridge" takes a more playful tact with increased interference from erratic synth blips that punctuate the looming pads.
Michal Wolski's sixth album in as many years sees him refine the deeply contemplative techno sound that has become his signature. "Mer Caspienne" opens with gentle ambient soundscapes before moving into the low tempo pulses and found sounds of "Mer Noire". The somewhat chilling ambience of "Mer De Beaufort" follows and the mood shifts; "Mer De Siberie Orientale" sees Wolski send out sonic blips over a foggy tapestry while "Transatlantique" marches to distorted drums before veering into a mysterious ambient whirlpool. By the time the droning, thudding sprawl of "Mer D'Arabie" is audible, Wolski has brought the listener on an unforgettable journey across imaginary oceans.