“Penta Volta” C53
(Ana Ott)

“Penta Volta”, Marius Chwalek’s debut long-burner, comes on cold & clinical, a sparse, minimalist ambient glitch-meets-drone patchwork of rich timbres punctuated and obscured ever more by trebly, noisy skitter & syncopated digital scruff as the album progresses, its layers beginning to pile a bit, the beats concentrating and thwacking more aggressively, the kick vacillating between accent and attack, the bass reaching deeper and deeper into the room. Through all this, a frenetic warmth is generated, and it feels nice against the all pervasive metallic noise swaddling.


—Jacob An Kittenplan