Positive rave energy.
It's been six years since the excellent Joy One Mile album, and I still can't quite pinpoint the exact quality that makes Gualdi's music distinctive. Words like "full" and "rich" come to mind... but that doesn't quite nail it. On this new one, for example, we're roughly in the zone of classic dance music templates, but what's here is somehow skewed and somewhat removed from almost everything that's come before it. So on one level, "Night Alone" is an anthemic house track, "Wild Palms" is groovy garage, "Lost Codes" is chunky electro and "White Echoes" is a sturdy mix of deep- and acid house. But then there's the lens through which Gualdi manifests these styles. She creates enveloping environments, given shape by the rush of live performance, that risk aural overload but sound thrilling for it.