Compiled from two mysterious private-issued cassettes from 1986 and 1987, this Yoga Records discovery introduces us to the beautiful and isolated work of Peter Thomas Kardas. The music is woeful and haunting, at times akin to a horror movie soundtrack, yet at the same time is full of a certain optimism and deep emotion. Icy synths, ghostly vocals, and drone-like repetitions make it feel like you’re abandoned on some remote freezing terrain, while hopeful yearning and soothing melodies soon comfort and warm you just enough before it get too cold. Kardas’ loop-based guitar work is a significant standout here. Highly recommended for fans of Durutti Column, Robert Fripp, or any listener who can find the beauty in loneliness.
– Dane Majors
Recommended – A1 I Saw You, A3 Other Playgrounds, B3 The Second Winter
Tags: Compilation / Isolation / Synth-pop