Fifty minutes of mellow and sinuous electronica.
Chill out music in the best sense of the word
GROOVE - GERMANY
Harsh synths meet only occasssionally repetitive beats, which are always clear and uncluttered. His structural openness is combined with a raw and sharp-edged sound design A very serious but nevertheless charming album full of nostalia and contemplation.
THE WIRE Mar 09
Less orientted to beats than pure space, this moves like late period Deuter or something, with Darth Vader breath-tube overlays. Quite chill.
Slowly unfolding electronic melodies - an antidote to showy faux-bohemianismAdaptogen occupies a territory somewhere between Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack, Aphex Twin at his most breathlessly lovely and Arthur Russells meditative mood pieces - but with a shadowy threat all of its own. You cant get more compelling proof of the benefits of maturity and hard won experience.
THE MILK FACTORY
Adaptogen sees Dowdall pushing further into vast atmospheric landscapes, creating peaceful and elegant sequences where gossamer melodies are wrapped in warm and vaporous electronic waves rippled by arid rhythmic patterns and obscure infra-bass. But his music is not all pretty appearance and no substance. Behind the elegant facades and gentle melodic flourishes hide deeper undertones which resonate through the whole album. A fine piece of modern atmospheric electronica.