Bloomfield Machine, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and producer Brian Kassan, has delivered a mesmerizing and eclectic album with “Left To Our Own Devices.” Hailing from Huntington Beach, CA, Kassan showcases his prowess in crafting atmospheric and genre-blending music that traverses industrial rock to spacey electronic soundscapes.
My favourite, “Inventing Hope,” an ambient gem that transports listeners to the climactic moments of a space opera. With gentle, spacey synths and sporadic percussive elements, it’s a wistful journey that sets the tone for the album.
“Minister of Loneliness,” where ’80s-infused guitar tones gracefully intertwine with mechanical-like rhythms. The fusion of industrial electronic and rock elements is a compelling and aesthetically stirring experience.
“When Is It Done Really?” beckons comparisons to the likes of Boards of Canada, with its icy synth-driven chills and rhythmically escalating intrigue. The crunchy pulses create an intriguingly infectious pull, making it a standout track on the album.
The finale, “Levels Of Infinity,” aptly concludes the album with haunting spaciousness and eerie mid-point blasts of distortion. It encapsulates the album’s essence, emphasizing its personality-filled soundscapes.
“Left To Our Own Devices” is a captivating listening experience from start to finish. Bloomfield Machine has established himself as an innovative artist, and this album solidifies his position in the music world. A nod to electronic pioneers like Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis while incorporating modern saturation and new wave energy, “Left To Our Own Devices” reaches new heights, solidifying its place as an exceptional musical offering. It’s a testament to the power of music to transcend boundaries and transport us to higher territories of sound and emotion.
Review By: Diana Reed