Borealis Kallionyma

Borealis Kallionyma
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"…beautiful music, colours, and positive, uplifting thoughts can have a beneficial effect on your state of well-being."

For a musician whose sound is notoriously hard to describe through words, the introductory sample on Jesse Somfay's latest release as Borealis does quite a good job of priming listeners for the spiritual aesthetic of his music. Ditching the more ambient, melancholic themes of his previous two full-lengths as Borealis, on Kallionyma the Ontario-based musician takes inspiration from the palettes and moods of Boards of Canada, synthesizing broken beats, left-field arrangements and the trademark Borealis leads into an EP of generally happy and exploratory music.

Somfay's musical strengths continue to lie in his ability to create powerful, cinematic emotions through his melodies while mixing them with eccentric arrangements and drum patterns. Unlike the increasingly forgettable techno and house releases cycling through online stores faster than you can say "psytrance kick drum," Somfay's work as Borealis — like most of his work in general — links emotion to memory and heightens all of the senses of experience. (Tipping Hand)