ALBUM REVIEW: Kevin Richard Martin – Return To Solaris | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Phantom Limb

Released: 25.06.21







After thirty years and a myriad of incarnations, Kevin Richard Martin started releasing music under his own name in 2019, with an emphasis on a more abstract, granular sound than before. Return To Solaris feels like a logical step for this sound-obsessed soundtrack fan. He was invited by the Vooruit Arts Centre in Belgium (his latest base) to rescore Solaris, a pinnacle of Soviet cinema, and set about securing period-appropriate hardware.

The result is both a development of his previous work and yet still familiar as Martin – take the deep, dubby bass of Wife Or Mother or the alienating sci-fi noise of Concrete Tunnels. It’s hard to judge its relationship with the film but as an hour of deep listening atmospheres, it’s unsettlingly effective.


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