Golden times for the krautrock lovers and kosmische musik worshippers. Jonas Reinhardt is a San Francisco unit revolving around Germanic electronic synthesis and forging new beautiful soundscapes from the material pioneered by the Teutonic masters. The hermetic kosmische lexicon (in ashra tempel/Cluster vein I'd say) of San Francisco-based synth synthesist/composer has been simmering and swelling at a steady clip the past few years (2010's Powers Of Audition was a highlight), but the added talents of drummer Damon Palermo (Mi Ami), bassist Diego Gonzalez (Citay, 3 Leafs), and guitarist Phil Manley (Trans Am, more) has levitated the JR Experience to a whole new head-music hall o' fame. Recorded in Berlin, mixed in SF, then mastered/cut back in Berlin at Dubplates, Music For The Tactile Dome is easily the most deep-trip micro-focus Jonas odyssey to date, nine technicolor fractals of glittering synthesizer skyways and master-crafted pulsing kraut terrariums. A handful of tracks ("Smokey Jotus," "Hander Zader,") invoke more of the classic live JR vibe, with propulsive cold-grooved rhythm sectioning, but by and large Dome is designed for heavy headphone communion, an expanding magic eye tapestry of brainwave activity constellations
Black vinyl LP in jacket with spectrum-assemblage cover art by Sean Patrick. Edition of 650.