Russia's Monokle has been one of the most promising talents to come out of the wider electronic sphere over the last 10 years, but the artist seems to have largely remained in the shadows. Whether this is due to personal preference or something else it's certainly surprising given his far-reaching talents behind the production board. He's up on Terminal Dream this week, bragging a delightfully meditative album that stretches the term 'ambient' to its maximum potential. The opening "Remembrance Of Things", for example, is a wild and diverse playing field of rhythmic synth sounds and drone waves, while the more mechanical structures of "Outside" add a subtly industrial flavor to the equation. "Last Dawn" is open and nostalgic, sounding a bit like AFX in his more pensive moments, and "Lagoon" offers a rougher, more noise-laden journey straight from the source. Wonderful.
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