Deep, foggy ambient sketches for your next acid trip.
Swirlings, Hausu Mountain's first full release from Groetsch, is a delightful record suffused with emotion and warmth. Much of the LP will sound familiar to synth heads, connecting the old days of Emeralds and No Fun Productions with the modern new age revival, with all the associated psychedelia and meditation. Groetsch's style is unabashedly beautiful, but never turns to kitsch. "Fairy Tree," for example, is a glorious ecosystem of textures that emerges from a fertile bed of chords.
Groetsch makes heavy use of microtones, which keeps the LP's emotive qualities mysterious, the notes resolving in ways you might not expect. On the sparse closer, "Empty Hold," the synths waver, like they can't hold down a single note. On "Space Frost," sustained notes entwine in slow motion. It feels uneasy, in spite of its gorgeous melodies. That restraint means Swirlings is more than just another trendy synth record. Even at its most abstract, Groetsch keeps the songs grounded. The record breezes by in an easy 40 minutes, enough to instil a deeply chilled aura without boredom setting in. From the way the melodies climb through the hanging atmosphere of "Ripples" to the Sasha-like glitter of "Cloud Refuge," Swirlings is full of lovely, considered music that sticks in your mind long after the synth fog dissipates.