Delayscape :: Aether (ZCKR)

For all intents and purposes it looked like Delayscape would remain a digital artist, popping up here and there with a track or a tape. ZCKR have taken the step and rightfully brought him to vinyl. An album of cheerful and soulful electronics, one that is soothing and utterly charming.

In a less than obvious move, ZCKR are releasing Delayscape’s first vinyl LP. And why would this be surprising? Well, following their latest twin set of dark and brooding industrial ambience I expected the Bremen label to delve deeper into the swirling pools and murky depths of atmospherics. Nevertheless, great expectations are to be dashed and the course couldn’t have been diverted by a more deserving artist.

I covered the excellent Morse Disco many moons back, a collection of Delayscape’s digital output from across a number of years. A few years back I met the boss of Go Finger, a Madrid label, who put out Flemming Kasperen’s second physical release, a tape by the name of Dull Parties Vol. II. That concludes the physical discography of an artist whose sound is akin to Bochum Welt and Skanfrom in terms of warming computer music. Or that was the physical discography…

Aether brings together nine tracks, the majority of which are unreleased. Kasperen’s style has changed little since Morse Disco. The dancefloor rarely comes into focus, instead warm melodies and crisp percussion are the mainstay. Rich and vivid soundscapes are painted, from the amber tones of “Fourmer” to the looming acid clouds of “Total Self Control.” Other works, such as “I-Flight,” see Delayscape exploring other audio vistas; neon streaked cities or the ragged surfaces of “Flute Loop.” The flip, in general, takes on a more electro countenance as colder colors and shades are explored. “Deex” marches on frigid rhythm patterns, autumnal chords warming the winter air.

For all intents and purposes it looked like Delayscape would remain a digital artist, popping up here and there with a track or a tape. ZCKR have taken the step and rightfully brought him to vinyl. An album of cheerful and soulful electronics, one that is soothing and utterly charming.

Aether is available on ZCKR. [Listen and purchase]

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