Despite being on the verge of a second release under the Baltic Fleet moniker, Paul Fleming seems intrinsically tied to his role as sometime keyboardist for Echo and the Bunnymen. Which is a shame, because this project is something very special indeed. The cover of said release,Towers, features a series of vast cooling towers, a none-more-fitting indication of the sprawling, post-industrial landscapes lurking inside. The driving kraut motorik draws unavoidable, but entirely favourable, comparisons to the likes of Neu, but this is undoubtedly a musical venture with its own distinct identity. Fleming’s synth work is expectedly outstanding, and tracks such as March of the Saxons succeed in being ambient and evocative, expansive and ambitious.
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