"Stimulus Regression" C30
(FM Dust)

Mixing e-bow’d guitar swells with expertly manipulated feedback looping and atonal, textural pedal-tweakery, PDX’s Dustin Krcatovich (both Skin Lies composer and label head of FM Dust) lays down a series of serenely serious soundscapes that command more attention than just leaving the mind to wander its own path. Whether soothing or sense-heightening, the movements pulse and shift with a sense of urgency I haven’t heard much from in these by and large more meditative genres. Way to keep us on our toes! &The cover art is pretty great to gawk at, too!

-- Jacob An Kittenplan