It is hard to conceive of a more fitting title for latest offering from 36 (pronounced three-six), the ambient / experimental project of Dennis Huddleston from the United Kingdom. Circuit Bloom is like a garden of electronic flowers that bud and blossom in a slow, kaleidoscopic efflorescence of fleeting ephemeral beauty. In a shift from recent 36 releases that resonated on a cosmic scale, Huddleston chose a more introspective theme for a group of songs which serves as a prelude a full-length album to come later this year.
“[Circuit Bloom] contains a selection of 6 predominantly piano-based tape loops, exploring the themes of isolation and escapism, through a Cyberpunk-inspired lens. For me, Cyberpunk is about people living on the fringes of society, finding ways to deal with the hardships they face, through the manipulation and exploitation of technology. It’s a genre/aesthetic I’ve always loved and its influence has always seeped into my music.” – Dennis Huddleston, aka 36
The EP comprising these half-dozen pieces is being released on cassette, but the digital edition is appended by what could only be considered a pluviophile’s dream as Huddleston stretches out each of the plaintive melodies and drenches them against a sodden backdrop of pouring rain. Whether exploring the cosmos, interior rooms, or the soul behind the eyes, there is always a sympathetic and reassuring human element in Huddleston’s electronic creations and Circuit Bloom is one of his finest in that regard.
Circuit Bloom is now available on limited edition (100 copies) C30 cassette and digital/streaming