First album ever to remind me of Orbus Terrarum?! or Strategy vs. The Orb vs. Farben? Whatever it is, it's DOPE
Sophomore set of illusory software installations by undisclosed North American technologist Topdown Dialectic, sourced from the same vault as 2018’s celebrated self-titled LP. Like its predecessor, Vol. 2 is composed of eight identical-length tracks, each a system capture composite of fractured rhythm, granular texture, and elusive energy, blurring surface and depth into a fresh electronic dialect of hypermodern mirage.
It’s a music both evasive and emotive, ephemeral but eternal, like fiber optic whispers from deep in some decaying mainframe, or the hauntological nostalgia of artificial intelligence yet to be invented. Vol. 2 ventures beyond techno abstraction or standard synthetic ambience into a depopulated soundworld of morphing corridors and flickering fluorescence, equal parts escape and unbecoming.