Alas sold out of its two cassette pressings (the quickly sanctioned 20 repress disappeared in nanoseconds), ‘Radiance’, the recent blink and its gone, outing from Polypores, finds Preston’s finest analogue alchemist putting his finite artistry to the test in creating a quartet of dream draped cosmic raptures, our particular favourite being the simply breath-taking and quite magnificent centrepiece ‘Mass’. the slow sweeping fanfares at its arrival instil something of the mercurial, that possessed Vangelis’ monumental ‘Chariots of Fire’. Certainly, the sets grounding centrepiece, at 14 minutes in duration it provides both a mammoth exploration of silken symphonic lush and a masterclass in poise, precision and panoramic texturing, a hulking star gazer which ghosting amid its space consuming palette, do we hear the ever so distant sonic apparitions of Echoboy’s ‘scene 30’ seasoning the mix.


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