KRAUS: Supreme Commander: LP

Ground control to Major Tom? Come in, Major Tom? Formerly of The Futurians, Norman McLaren, New Zealand’s space rock auteur, launches his latest release on milky blueberry-colored vinyl. Kraus is less Man Or Astro-Man? than early Delirium and Psychic TV’s experimental atmospheric shtick. Minimalistic and somber in its sense of isolation and solitude, this could be the soundtrack for the transit of satellites. Completely instrumental, Kraus pulls from traditional Japanese folk dramatics, mimicking a shamisen with high-pitched guitar plucks, while laying radar blips over stretched out guitar chords. Beautiful, contemplative stuff; Kraus manages to keep it all in orbit. Recommended.

 –Kristen K (Moniker)