Genre/Influences: Electro-ambient, IDM, cinematographic.
Content: I already heard a few releases of SubatractiveLAD and each time again I got fascinated by the ambient approach reminding pioneers like Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, but also Kraftwerk. There’s a similar fascination for synthesizer music and the creation of wafting and somewhat astral-minded atmospheres.
“Nucleus” holds on the good-old basics of Stephan Hummel, which are once more revealing great analogue sound treatments. It creates a solid and fundamental basis, which has been accomplished by more contemporary element moving into IDM. The work becomes complex, sophisticated and intelligent. The evasive passages still create a beautiful soundtrack impression.
+ + + : I haven’t heard all SubatractiveLAD-releases, but “Nucleus” definitely is my favorite one. There’s a great twist between the different influences, but more especially a successful fusion between old analogue synth music and modern IDM. The result reveals a few outstanding pieces.
– – – : I can imagine die-hard fans of the aforementioned pioneers will consider SubatractiveLAD as a pale copy of the Masters. The comparison is maybe too explicit although there’s nothing wrong with that.
Conclusion: “Nucleus” sounds like the sonic hybrid between Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and IDM.
Best songs: “Breaker Of Worlds”, “Even Stars Forget”, “Extinguished”.