Steve Hauschildt, 'Tragedy & Geometry' (Kranky)

Tragedy & Geometry
Critical Mass
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Label: Kranky

by Jon Young

Steve Hauschildt, of Cleveland electronica trio Emeralds, says the title of this intriguing album refers to the muses of tragedy (Melpomene) and geometry (Polyhymnia). Egghead inclinations aside, it's a visceral display of synth prowess that makes exhilarating use of contrasting textures and subtle dynamics. The gently flowing "Peroxide" has an eerie sci-fi sheen, like a beautiful hallucination about to turn ugly; the bubbly, 11-minute "Music for a Moire Pattern" distorts time, seeming to pass in an instant. Let's hope Hauschildt always uses his mind-bending powers for good, not evil.

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