Pulse Emitter – ‘Swirlings’

Chris Cubbison

Portland ambient musician transcends on kaleidoscopic new album

Last week, prolific Portland-based composer Daryl Groetsch, most known as Pulse Emitter, released his first album with Chicago-based label Hausu MountainSwirlings is an appropriately-titled, kaleidoscopic ambient record that bridges Groetsch’s knack for glazed new age with experimental approaches previously explored in recent releases Through The Portal and Digital Rainforest.

The result is a vividly stunning sonic ecosystem that elevates contrasting synth voices while celebrating the harmonic fibers that connect us all. There’s a refreshing sense of slow-drifting clarity across these six songs, all of which run 6-7 minutes in length, giving you proper space to lose and subsequently find yourself in. Shimmering drone breaks under sunlight across the gorgeous “Cloud Refuge,” while closing track “Empty Hold” showcases Groetsch’s mastery in sound sculpting and patience in progression.

All in all, listening to Swirling feels like jumping into an underwater aquifer and watching the splash crystalize as you drain into free fall. Take a step into liquid below, and purchase it HERE via Bandcamp.

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