Positioning ambient music in space can be difficult, assuming that you look for some functionality in your sonic experiences. With Harmonic Encounter OST, Katton take you on a catatonic journey through a liminal space, transitory and ephemeral, a series of drones simultaneously disconnected and interconnected, modular in the same way that Eluvium constructs his Shuffle Drones, which exist to be sequenced in their own space.
Katton thread a fine line here between engendering a specific, and often dour mood, and allowing an opportunity to reflect what the listener feels. There are moments that recall the very best of Pan•American or even a (comparably) busy Brian Eno, if only by virtue of the presence of sparse drum machines. While I can’t speak to the quality of the video game that this identified with, this is a remarkable, if short, release that will stick with you, a la Martin Stig Anderson’s work on Limbo.
Check it out below and get lost.