wave stu might just be the platonic ideal of icy. emotionally fraught synth-pop. on his debut release for origin peoples. stockholm-based musician michel isorinne puts paragons of this style like orchestral manoeuvres in e dark in his slipstream. laced with spoken-word passages from films and television shows. wave stu weaves a loose tale about the nature of time. physics. and mortality that can be summarized by the key phrase. uttered by a woman scientist somewhere throughout the album. magic is in the molecules.
there is an intricate sorrow to isorinne s new album. speechless malison. though broadly melodic. it feels exhausted rather than restrained. though rippling with a pulse. the rhythmic passages are sparse. their measured source a great distance away. building on last year s cassette. echoic memoir. speechless malison takes greater and emotive strides. however brittle the path.