Lunar Orbit Rendezvous – Faith/Reason – Ransom Note Records

I like beautiful music. The sort that probes, diving into the unknown. Sometimes high, sometimes low. Belfast producer Gregory Ferguson (LOR) has produced a series of events to form this album of sounds, moods and atmospheres that readily generate synthesized noise into shapes that bounce notably around the stereo. Partly composed via inspiration from the night-time of the 1980’s but also with a heavy dash of 2021 production values the tracks stimulate a sense of wonder such as on the wonderful, reflective title track Faith/Reason. The darker, though equally rewarding Aspen Trees tells different tales, leaving the gentle melodies of Eno-esque, Karesuando to complete. Faith/Reason presents an album which paints an imaginative picture while rewarding you with a combination of light and shade that journey’s elegantly throughout the passage of time.

Release: July 16


Flug 8 – Electric Field – Ransom Note Records

Introspection has not been in short supply this year. Neither have feelings of loss, melancholy or even hints of joyous release. Perhaps I’m not quite ‘selling’ this to you, however this a great album fully worth your undivided attention. Beginning with the shimmering Night Effect which stuns via a causal whir of excitement as layers of sound build, lift and drop into sequence – breath-taking, emotional, eloquent. Aka Daniel Herrmann then proceeds to dazzle with each number supplying a rollercoaster of pulsating notes to inspire waves of thought. At mid-point Bubble Cell leans on a heavier intention as does the temptation of the final Cosmic Noise, though in-between Effective Height implements beauty, while Side Bands twists a tripped out Pink Floyd through the imagination of electrical interference. Perfect.

Release: June 19