2006. Means of Ascent (GOS 20) by Synthetic Block. As the follow-up to stunning Escape Velocity (GOS 15), Means of Ascent is a trilogy of tracks with a massive, 41 minute epic title composition at its epicenter. Engrossing space music at its best.
"The innovative master of ambient guitar returns with a breakthrough album. At its core 'Green & Cold' is a a mix of drone, post-rock, and what the artist calls appropriately "deconstructive dream-pop." Memorable hooks combine with Baker's trademark huge wall of guitar constituted atmospherics. Baker's shoegazey croon floats among the stuttering clicks and cuts permeating the layers of catchy riffs and slow, intoxicating beats. As 'Green & Cold' unfolds the listener is coaxed familarly inward only to be washed over in waves of wispy, warming drones: An album of uncommon intelligence and artistry."