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Synth Album Review: "Alconaut" by Klet

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Initial Impressions

Klet’s Alconaut is a mournful journey through the emptiness of space. The album is shot through with feelings of loss and yearning that are occasionally limned by brighter emotions. Klet creates a soundscape that combines a vast sense of desolation with touching, tragic melodies and interwoven synth textures. As we drift through the void, we think about all that is lost that we can never find again.

The first element that makes Alconaut compelling for me is the sense of gigantic desolation that Klet creates on it. All of the sonic elements are situated inside an echoing space that opens up around them, creating the sensation that each sound is floating in a pool of velvety blackness that goes on into infinity.

Another component of the music that seizes me are the melodies that Klet has written for Alconaut. His melodic writing capture feelings of loss, abandonment and yearning that are heart wrenching as they permeate the music. When he does write a more uplifting melody, the contrast with the melancholy melodies is powerful. I can sense the emotions pouring from the tracks.

The interactions of tone, timbre and texture that happen on the album are another appealing aspect to it. Klet has a facility with combining synths, drums and bass to weave intricate mental images together out of music. There are sounds that are full of desolation and others that caress while the drums add form to the music and the bass surges like a shadowy tide underneath it all.

My Favourite Tracks Analyzed

“Gagarin’s Stars” starts as a distant, open feeling pervades the track and drifting, lost notes are joined by a throbbing, trembling beat and piano-like synth carrying a gentle, painful melody. The bass has an expansive feeling and the drums throb to add energy to the music.

I am enamoured of the way in which the lead synth shimmers as it calls out the tragic, aching melody into the vastness of space. Starry, cold light sparkles from the high synths and there’s a vast echo to this track. The digital light of the melody croons its fragile song over the shaping influence of the beat while hollow arpeggios spin through the track. 


A raised, ghostly synth drifts into open space as drums stutter and break to start “Eternity.” The airy notes move in tremulous lines through the cold void around them. I am drawn to the unmoored feeling in the track, only anchored by the drums.

The background synths mistily swirl together, extending into the cavernous space around them, as the uneven drums pulse. Wandering notes glimmer indistinctly, twining together and sliding through the track, over the active drum pulse.

“Yearning” comes to life with a warm synth glow and a trembling, oscillating sound that fills the track before slowing dramatically. The glimmer is joined by a shifting, dynamic bass throb before. The main melody is full of hurt and yearning, an expression of emotion that I find touching.

A female voice, broken and distorted, cries out into the track with a sense of melancholy. The stuttering beat throbs and shivers underneath, the deep bass filling my chest as the ethereal voice calls out. A rich mixture of a cosmic spinning arpeggio, the drums and thick bass are shot through with the arpeggio’s digital light that somersaults and twirls into silence.

A solid drum beat throbs and echoes, reverberating out into space, as “Black Heaven” comes into being. A wandering, elevated synth with a chiming quality drifts spectrally while the beat vibrates below it. I keenly feel the sense of loss that permeates the music and touches the heart.

Dense, full synth pulses with a full digital quality move over that trembling beat and deep bass, becoming an oscillating pulse. String-like synths tremble gently in the distance as the drums reverberate and caressing synths move with them. Piano notes echo out tentatively as the beat throbs on and other sounds interlink to create currents, forming a lush background. As the track ends, it takes on a soothing quality full of breezy air.

“Sound With Soul” starts with a ghostly pulse of sound that moves out into echoing space while a distant whorl of synth flickers above a solid, throbbing bassline and thick drums. Dense synth rises in a slow pattern of shifting chords as the elevated, chiming sound gently flows through. I am drawn to the rich wall of sound that carries the lost, dreamy lead melody as it slips through the track.

The melody glides into space on a dense, round synth that feels tragic and gentle over the depth of the drums. The glimmering synth chords rise, supporting the other elements of the track, as a nasal synth reaches out into the ether. The track ends on a glowing, reverberating line of synth that echoes back into silence.

A line of distant and chiming synth dances through with the propulsive drumbeat to open “Vostok 1.” A line of vibrating synth trembles out into space as the deep bass oscillation shifts. I enjoy the way that the gruff guitar part jumps out, leaping into space with a hopeful voice while the drums throb.

A distant synth tremble moves over the gigantic drums as a tenuous line of vibrating synth moves out. The echoing empty sound of the synth moving into space is joined by the gruff but shining guitar with its indistinct edges as the reverberations echo into the openness around them and the beat goes on and on before finally fading out.

“Eternal Memories” flickers into existence as spaced out, elevated sounds flow out in a pinging pulse as stately, ethereal synth notes and chords intertwine while a unique sounding drum throbs breaking in along with a stuttering bass pulse.

I am enamoured of the way that the nasal, high lead synth sings out a melody that is full of hope and the feeling that something better is coming. The sound of a satellite’s “ping” cries out into space along with the weight of bass gliding below as a starry glow suffuses the music, shining like a beacon. All of the sonic elements carry on through space before the tiny lights flicker and wink out into silence.

Metallic, dark and heavy sounds move with a Russian vocal sample and an arpeggiating, slowly moving synth shimmers in while stentorian bass throbs to start “Laika” off. A pained, soft melody echoes through the emptiness around it as the brushing drum movement adds an interesting texture to the music and the bass grows into a deep, floating field.

The melody, tentative and hurting, is highlighted by shining sparkles that flit in and out over the waves of bass. This track takes the listener on a voyage past galaxies and distant stars while the shivering tremble of the beat continues until the sparkle and ache fades out into the vastness of outer space.

Conclusion

Klet's Alconaut is an album that is full to the brim with aching emotion, deep with the sense of wandering in the empty cold of space and touched by loss and yearning. I remain interested to see in which direction he might take his music next.

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