ASTROKADE "Holograms" C38
(Kitchen Dweller Records)

Mike Pike's "HOLOGRAMS" is a fantastic foray into 80's influenced synth explorations. Environments range from synethetic to organic, spaced out to dirgey, and dreamy to plodding and brutal - the tracklisting reads as more of a program than separate selections as each idea fluidly morphs into the next. Ideally used as a soundtrack to some thirft store sci fi paperback cheaps or an archaic video game. Two thumbs up to the rad packaging here - a teeny, puffy VHS-style case houses a single cassette and a multicolored insert.

-- Karissa Talanian