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Saturday, 6 November 2010

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Yet another feather in Low Point's near-flawless cap, Nickolas Mohanna summons all the neon synthy ecstasy of fellow neo-kosmischers Emeralds or OPN but to these ears achieves even richer results with his darker, dronier palette. Hard to imagine either of his more prominent peers deploying as much space or restraint as Gishiki's slow-motion jet-trails, Configurations in Placing Sky's stately warm swells or the rattling echo-chamber tone poem Thin Ice.

Stream all of Mohanna's outstanding Transmission Hue below, as well as the joyous Reichian shimmer of Green Sea from the forthcoming Optics on Slow Flow. Hear his earlier Vakhchav project here (Birth To a Point It Comes, Blackest Rainbow) & here (The Relative Middle, Small Doses).

Visual art here.

Nickolas Mohanna > green sea

Blurb: "Coinciding with the recent Transmission Hue (Low Point), this album serves as the
companion piece. Utilizing a range of musical tools, these arrangements work
to inform and solidify previous material. On Optics, Mohanna opens the lens wide to
sculpt out an array of sounds into sonically rich and spacious atmospheres where signals
drift and moments flourish. The sounds weave through a colorful landscape, passing upon a multitude of shades and textures - revealed in both stark and luminous patterns. Mohanna's environments are delicately woven together by an intuitive hardware/software approach which works to expand the capabilities of his sound sources. Special limited edition of 100 copies for the world."

Thin Ice

Configurations In Placing Sky

Nickolas Mohanna > Transmission Hue (Low Point)

Blurb: "Following on from several well received cdr releases under the Vakhchav alias on labels such as Abandon Ship, Blackest Rainbow and Small Doses, ‘Transmission Hue’ marks the first widely available full length cd from Brooklyn based multi-media artist Nickolas Mohanna.

On ‘Transmission Hue’, Mohanna's tools of guitar, modular analogue synthesis and electronics are used to create clouds of cosmic krautrock-inspired drone. Eschewing the constrictions of software programming, Mohanna’s intuitive hardware approach only works to enhance these synth progressions. Subtle tones work their way up from the depths, manoeuvring themselves to the forefront of the sonic canvas. Diverging then converging within the stereo field, they don't remain there long before they are quickly devoured by the somewhat blissful haze.

Much like his peers operating within analogue synth music, Mohanna manages to envelope his archaic source sounds with a forward thinking sensibility that references classic kosmische whilst demonstrating a modern outlook, allowing him to avoid the clichés and offer a fresh perspective on the genre."

Vakhchav > Yomi [sample] (from The Relative Middle, Small Doses)

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