by Rene Hell
Released: May 2010
After turning out a number of cassette-only releases, Rene Hell -- the latest alias from the noise musician Jeff Witscher, aka Secret Abuse and Marble Sky -- goes comparatively legit with this short, engaging album for Type Records. Similar in spirit to Emeralds and Oneohtrix Point Never, Porcelain Opera layers analog synthesizers into white-capped waves of color, with oscillator drone and woozy arpeggios paving a path to infinity. Indebted as much to Cabaret Voltaire's warped electronics as Cluster's Krautrock, it's a hazy, immersive, retro-futurist invocation.
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