Bizaree City – Pulsar Ensemble (reviewed by Marcus Kittridge)

Free Jazz, Space Rock, Math Core and Psychedelia are a few areas of music that this record explores.

Difficult time signatures are handled with proficiency and are not there purely as demonstration pieces.

There is a sense of pushing the listener into taking some risks and it beckons you to broaden your listening bandwidth. There are percussive moments that take me back to Pierre Moelen’s masterpiece, Time Is The Key. It’s a good place to be taken to.

I love the fusion of 8-bit rhythms and melodies with complex modern synthesised soundscapes.

Bizarre City feels like an imaginary metropolis, maybe a city in a digital space where the music is your sonic TripAdvisor or Michelin guide. Each track feels like a musical description of a new characterful neighbourhood within this digital world. Sometimes playful, sometimes dark and sometimes disorientating. It’s a bit like going straight to Tokyo’s Shinjuku district on your first night in Japan and then falling into other bewildering adjacent downtown areas.

The record’s swansong revisits vocal angst reprised from earlier in the recording and that provides a sharp counterpoint to the softer rhythmic elements that underpin the main body of the album.

All in all a riveting listen and an ensemble that goes straight on my watchlist.

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