Tulsa For One Second

By Elizabeth Wells

A very popular and acclaimed release in some corners of this small but flourishing industry (it recently made album of the issue on another electronica review website), I have finally got to hear what all the fuss is about. Pulseprogramming are certainly different, and the album has some moments of stunning clarity and beauty, but it is by no means mould-breaking.

I think its beauty lies in the band’s ability to harness some disparate elements and forge something close and intimate in the result. Pulseprogramming specialise in thoughtful, filtered vocals, low-key arrangements that manage to straddle the divide between folk and modern electronic music. The resulting direction is less avant-garde than unique and considered. The tone is set with Blooms Eventually, a dream-like glitchy piece with harmonic vocals that drift in and out of distortion. On Stylophone Purrs, the two vocalists conduct a kind of subliminal dialogue with each other, the gravity of the undertaking only occasionally undercut by some inadvertently hilarious lyrics about ‘broken-winged’ (which when sung in a particular way sounds somewhat, er, different). All Joy and Rural Honey manages to capture both happiness and melancholy, like the wistfulness of someone witnessing a passing season. Some of the effects here shimmer over the tunes like a heatwave: it’s definitely one to bring out later in the year to play on a lazy Sunday.
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