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black unicorn - rediscovering infinity (album preview)

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    *Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net.* I believe this is the first vinyl offering from Ohio's Black Unicorn after a slew of killer tapes. "Rediscovering Infinity" is a tangled web of extrasolar exploration. With the short and on point opening slab of "Temporal Immensities," you're taken straight to the docking station and shoved through the airlock with nothing more than whispered promises of eventual return. Smothered rhythms lay the bedrock for a dizzying array of synthesizers to weave past, leaving soaring melodies in their wake. It's oddly catchy, like a virus that directly attacks your brain, and is the perfect beginning to a great record - you already know you're infected. Ambient abstraction plays a vital role as well, adding circuit-fried texture to these complex aural clusters that fill the deep sky. Layers of sequenced tones are fired rapidly, puncuated by scorched leads that cut through the dark matter on the evocatively-titled "Trans-Dimensional Railway." At this point, you're already on one hell of a ride. But the flipside is where the magic antes up to a whole new level. With a buried-but-still-booming 4/4 bassline underneath a river of murky electronics, "Celetal Supersanity" is deliciously grimey and relentlessly cerebral. It eventually breaks down and sinks to the bottom of an interplanetary ocean and that's where album closer, "Whale," rises for one least shot at the stars. It's tense and dynamic, building up into a frenzy until it just kind of gently fades out into nothingness. "Rediscovering Infinity" is a absolute blast, showing just how on top of their game the criminally underrated Black Unicorn really are. Recommended. - Brad Rose, Experimedia
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    Black Unicorn is the solo synth project of Akron, Ohio based Curt Brown (Cane Swords, Rubber City Noise).

    "Rediscovering Infinity" is a debut on wax and compiles 5 killer, evocative synth pieces, acting perfectly as an introduction to his work. 3 tunes here previously seeing the light of day on tiny run cassette and cdr releases, whilst the monumental title track (recorded especially for this project) is constructed as a 5 part movement that reinterprets an earlier theme as a story of cosmic awakening and redemption.

    Black Unicorn's music is both contemplative and exploratory- ranging from subtle drone to melodic outburst and is created on both analogue and digital synthesizers, sequencers and effects. Basic electronic building blocks are treated as analogous to alphabet characters- another way of telling a story that is both in harmony and supplement to the written word. Each piece on the LP has it's own special insert that expands upon the music through textual fragments and icon- detailing both instrumentation and basic meaning. The larger insert features an illustration by Matt Horak, whose drawings are scattered throughout.

    The second release on 'Deep Distance' -a synth / kraut themed side project to The Great Pop Supplement, and a wonderful album in beautiful black embossed sleeves released as a numbered edition of 250 copies on vinyl only.

    Released by: deep distance
    Release/catalogue number: dd002lp
    Release date: Jul 6, 2012

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