David Kristian ‎– Synaesthesia

Discreet/Indiscreet ‎– CREET001
CD, Album


1 Skylark One 8:49
2 Aurora 18 18:17
3 Inside Frost 6:07
4 Central Daylight 8:52
5 Pyrex 6:43
6 Isochora 7:24
7 Latch II 8:54
8 Luau 5:40

Companies, etc.



David Kristian's debut solo release.

Mastered at SNB.

© 1994 David Kristian.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: DISQUE AMERIC 0A2D1<031>SYNAESTHESIA
  • Rights Society: SOCAN



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April 2, 2010

I'd been curious about Kristian's work for several years but only managed to track down this album recently. It's very tough to find but well worth the effort if you can find. The sound here is very unique, the kind of texture and personality that you just don't get with a lot of electronic music these days. Basically, the music flows from layers of ambient synth patterns to very well integrated beats. It's kind of a dark syrupy mixture that matches the aesthetic of the cover art and all the tracks fit into a unified theme. The beats are atypical for this time period - they sound more like they were sequenced from synth samples rather than programmed from drum machine presets the majority of the time. This is what prevents this album from sounded too dated 16 years after its release. Occasionally, the beats get more hectic and almost veer into drum and bass territory but they probably have more affinity with the heyday of Warp's IDM sound. The overall feel of the album reminds me of the darker strains of the 1970s electronic Krautrock synth masters filtered through the lens of the best home listening techno/IDM of the early to mid 1990s. Highly recommended.