The first thing that struck me about this recording was the exceptionally nice packaging and attention to detail. This was pressed on some of the heaviest vinyl I have encountered and came in a really beautiful gatefold sleeve of thick cardstock for maximum protection and aesthetic appeal; nice job Tonefloat! The cover art is comprised of some slightly hazy photographs of what I assume is an old Dutch church of some sort with some nice white birch trees accenting the scenes.
The pieces on this release all blend together into this nice wash of darkly “tribal” droning ambiance that swirls with a deep shamanistic psychedelia that is hard to resist. Chanting voices, drumming, and deep Gregorian sounding drones are expertly mixed into sound scapes that seem to disappear in a swirling puff of smoke into the ether. Somehow van der Vleuten manages to blend the elements of “tribal”, “ambient”, and hints of “house” music in such a way that it creates something else entirely and erases all of the aspects of this triple combination that would normally be considered deal-breakers for me.
This is by far some of the most intelligent and interesting electronic music I have heard lately. This release is definitely on par with some other recent releases from the likes of Burial, or Flying Lotus with regard to sheer creativity and originality but is far less beat oriented. There are beats and bass lines to be sure, but all are obscured and manipulated in such a way that they are at once familiar and yet, like all of the other elements on this release, seem to dwell in an intangible form due to the high level of impressionistic implication. You hear but you don’t hear, you see but you don’t see, and then all dissipates into a swirl of vapors. 9/10 -- Kevin Richards (20 May, 2009)