Ricardo Donoso's Experimental Electronic 'Re_Calibrate' Is Daring and Bold (album stream)

Photo: Maria Ley / Courtesy of Denovali Records

Boston producer Ricardo Donoso's new album Re_Calibrate is the follow-up to Calibrate, and it continues his experimental electronic journey in bold and daring ways.

Last year Boston producer Ricardo Donoso released the acclaimed Calibrate, an experimental electronic album that featured aspects of industrial music alongside dreamier, ambient textures. Now Donoso is back with the follow-up entitled Re_Calibrate that is meant to serve as a companion to the earlier record. Indeed, It continues the spirit of exploration and the juxtaposition of disparate sounds that startle and affect.

"Neutral-Beam Injection" goes from spacey, light, and chiming elements to full-on industrial assault in the space of five minutes. The songs all possess a strong sense of forward movement as they unveil, with each track being a journey. "Prevention and Control" travels from its frenetic beginning to a calmer end to lead into "Forced Perspective". This may be electronic music, but it has the feeling of an extended classical piece in the way it explores themes and variations and how each song has the feeling of a movement in a classical symphony. Donoso's music is daring and bold and could be quite conducive to deep thinking.

Re_Calibrate released last Friday via Denovali Records. Listen to it in full here.

The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

Sarah Milov
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2018 All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.