This album is terrifying.

How so? Not like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, but rather it is terrifying like the bleakness of the cosmos in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Yet it is beautiful. In that, it is certainly outer space music. It is otherworldly. There is space between sounds, long reverberations, digital bits and the noise of inscrutable radio waves. There are also bright flashes of warmth and dark pulses. The clicks and the drones. Robotic speech. Airy synthetic organs. Static. Everything opens up like some kind of nebulae. It feels like the cosmos, it does.

It has a cohesion like I’ve never heard in an album before, at least not in any good album, and particularly within electronic music. It repeats without being repetitive: in a sense it is a long variation on a theme. Melodies and rhythms and timbres of sounds come back and redevelop themselves, so that every new song still sounds, somehow, familiar, while reinventing the material. We are orbiting an alien moon.

This is album is terrifying, but I can’t stop playing it.
This album is terrifying because I can’t stop playing it.