MOOD ALTAR: III: CS

Although it’s being sold as a dark, self-annihilating batch of electronic mood pieces, Luc Michalski (Black Panties) does a bit more than that with Mood Altar. He goes dark but there’s a distinct sense of color and character to each song, and he seems to draw aesthetically from artists that fall outside the glue-sniffing community. Sometimes that’s a general Kraftwerk/Eno vibe, other times he reminds me of early Zomes, though he’s less about a kind of meditative repetition. He glides past the easy “moody electronics” designation and finds something personal and varied and real, which is something to celebrate. –Matt Werts (No Coast, nocoastrecordings.bandcamp.com)