That's not to say that the synths have disappeared — there are plenty of angular arpeggios and chilly rhythms to soothe those who crave that 1970s sci-fi atmosphere. Consider Physicalist a step forward, a luscious song cycle originating from those earlier Spectrum Spools LPs, but with a second half aimed at exploring a realm of sonic potential that the group had yet to realize. The ghostly piano improvisations and abstract synth lines are married so tightly that they appear nearly inseparable here, and "Improvisation for Flute and Piano," which closes out the proceedings, is surprisingly delicate considering what preceded it.
With Physicalist, Forma have issued a gorgeous statement that extends beyond being a culmination of their previous work. This LP is an example of a collective approaching its zenith. (Kranky)