Velma Cyclique

French pop ensemble Velma seems to be kindred spirits with Air, Stereolab and Long Fin Killie. The moody synth-punkers have crafted a beautiful and electric disc with Cyclique. Overindulgence occasionally rears its head, but for the most part Velma’s freethinking drone/trip-hop/art rock vibe crystallises into a complex and satisfying listening experience. Consider it decidedly upbeat melancholy crafted for the comfy reclining seats at the multiplex. Sheer fantasy for space-age mortals that makes armchair travelling the best mode of transportation going. (Emperor Norton)