STEADY CIRCUITS: …Of One of Many Worlds: CS

This is the cassette version of the new Steady Circuits album, a sequel to a prior release that included thematically linked tracks to those presented here. A one-man band, Mike Marchant is based in both Santa Fe and Denver. His brand of synth pop is enhanced with his mellifluous vocals. The instrumentals are achieved solely through analog synthesizers, old school electronics, and instruments played through tube amps. There’s an open rawness to it, self-described as resulting from the isolation of the pandemic. There’s nothing contemporary about it otherwise, which is probably why it works so well. –Art Ettinger (Cloud Command, cloudcommandsound.com)