Illusion of Safety – Pastoral (CD, Digital, 2023)


GAJOOB Review by Bryan Baker:

“Illusion of Safety” is no stranger to the experimental music scene. With a history spanning four decades, this Chicago-based project has consistently pushed the boundaries of electronic music. Their latest offering, “Pastoral,” set for release on December 10, 2023, is no exception.

From the outset, “Pastoral” offers an intriguing blend of organic and electronic sounds. Tracks like “Invulnerable” and “Neolithic” showcase the subtle interplay between Kurt Griesch and Daniel Burke’s post-1995 tour work, creating a sonic landscape that feels both familiar and alien.

“Thermogenesis” continues this trend, offering a more subdued presentation that creates a sense of open space. The use of Reaktor 5 VCS-3 software emulation in “Ground” adds another layer of complexity to the album, enhancing its experimental nature.

The final track, “Compelling,” aptly sums up the entire album. It’s a mesmerizing soundscape that transports the listener on an imaginary journey, showcasing Illusion of Safety’s ability to create music that is both thought-provoking and hypnotic.

“Pastoral” is more than just an album; it’s a testament to the enduring creativity of Illusion of Safety. Despite its roots in a demo sent in 2011, the album feels fresh and relevant, proving that good music truly is timeless.

It’s an album for those who appreciate experimental music that challenges the norms. Its blend of organic and electronic sounds creates a unique sonic experience that is sure to captivate any listener.

Media: CD, Digital.

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It’s a testament to their creativity and technical prowess that they’re able to construct such a complex sonic tapestry using a seemingly disparate array of sound

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