Though quite unlike Michel Banabila's two VoizNoiz albums, Spherics is just as excellent and even more compelling. As the title suggests, the music is distinctly atmospheric, but it's far from ambient. The title of the opening track "A Strong Sense of Urgency," succinctly describes the entire album's mood. Distinctly cinematic and frequently unnerving, each of the seven tracks is gripped with a noirish sense of isolation and the chill of a lingering menace. The music is marked by the same trip-hop textures and jazzy European electronics that distinguished Banabila's previous work, but the result is stunningly different, genuinely haunting and nothing short of hypnotic.

Mark Burbey