Poly Chain & Bartosz Kruczynski - Pulses (2019)
Into The Light
Tags: #experimentalelectronica #experimentaltechno
Poly Chain, whose civil name is Sasha Zakrevska, is a composer, dj, curator, and graphic designer in Kyiv.
According to her bio, her sonic mission is "to bring a breath of fresh air into the scene, painting ambient and club-ready textures with a relevant hypnotic electro imprint." This mission spans, so far, a series of exciting releases, including this album, which is her debut long-player.
The album is made in collaboration with Polish electronic music artist Bartosz Kruczyński, known for both his ambient and more danceable productions. The most famous of his aliases is probably Earth Trax, whose two 2020-albums LP1 and LP2, made international waves.
It starts on a soft ambient tip with 'Jacana' that features long synth pads that slowly evolve before introducing a stabbing arpeggio and a shuffly beat later on. 'Solacious,' the second track, is a grainy, noise-driven ambient track that starts slow but around the middle steps up with a compelling synth motif and later on a melancholic bassline that reminds me of UK artist Burial. My favorite track is 'Fluxional,' a real acid burner built around a simple 303-line that loops throughout the track while being manipulated by pulsating resonance filters and overdrive tweaks. That sound never grows old; I love it.
Behind the release stands Into The Light Records, an unknown label to me, which turned out to be a small label from Greece. With just a little more than 20 releases over ten years, it appears to have quite a boutique feel to it.
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