Outer limits not recognized

Bjørn Felle hails from England, and he's been wandering around the electrosphere for some time. This album is largely electronic-based, though there are some guitars blended in. The result is a mish-mash of techno and synth-pop, early electro-industrial and shoegaze notions from past to present.

Bjørn Felle
Extreme Hazard Planet
(Analogue Trash)

The overall effect is hypnotic and just might induce a stellar dream state. I'm not qualified to prescribe listening aids for such a thing, but those who indulge will find this set a wonderful guide. It exists in its own universe, and from the beginning it fully enfolds the listener.

The album title might have told you all that (or not), but Felle's intent is clear. He wants to create these worlds for his music--or perhaps to create his music to illustrate these worlds. Same difference. The production is lush and tight, giving just the right cushion for that leap into your frontal lobes.

Another album that would have fit in just fine in 1984, though it also is perfectly home today. And in truth, the production style is much more 2024. Felle strips most of the edges off his sound, extending the dreamscape. The horizon is not apparent; there is so much farther to roam.

Jon Worley

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