Never one to repeat himself and always up for a creative challenge, the Stranger brings us a fresh and distinctly analogue sound. Some aficionados may see a link to the early days of laid-back and chilled out IDM, others may just hear brilliantly produced and finely detailed dreamy electronic music. This album of deeper tunes has given the Stranger the freedom of long introductions, gentle builds and vast atmospheres. Some of the modular patches are particularly epic - there's some classic dual TB303 work - and it won't come as any surprise that here at Interchill we really appreciate the Stranger's formidable abilities in sound design, melody and arrangement. In this digital-only release, mastered by Vincent Villius [aka Aes Dana], all the right aural ingredients come together to make this sonic concoction something special to immerse oneself in over the quiet winter months.
For all the fans of the Stranger's harder edge, you're encouraged to kick back and get into a mellower and more cinematic side to his musical persona. Rest assured, he'll be dropping the bass later in the fall with The Renegade Crusade, the much anticipated follow up to The Arcane Terrain.