I was a big appreciator of Kirn’s “Bellona USA” album from November last year, so was happy to hear that another album was available already. Pink Cloud Syndrome doesn’t disappoint, continuing in a relatively similar vein with tracks that manage to combine Jean-Michel Jarre or Tangerine Dream-esque long synth soundscapes and a retro synthwave-ish aesthetic with some newer and poppier, sometimes Ricardo Autobahn-esque melodic moments.
Dropping the fictional city concept of the previous album, this time we get four tracks that are longer and more immersive, with a hint of the epic prog rock instrumental storytelling about them, most notably in the first part.
Part 2, with its heavier kick, perky synth stabs, plaintive vocal ahhh noises and claps, has shades of Propaganda in parts and is decidedly more 80’s-esque, while part 3’s more paired-back approach has more in common with current thoughtful home-listening atmospheric techno. Part 4 begins punchily before settling a little, but maintaining a tense and quite sci-fi pulsing attitude which only disappoints with its slightly lacklustre ending.
It perhaps never reaches any truly euphoric heights and at times could arguably be described as wallpapery, but nevertheless it’s a rich, confident and boldly produced synth-music vision that’s absolutely worth exploring.