by David Bronson in New Music on Wednesday 12 September 2012

Pax Humana’s debut, A Matter of Heart, is a rich and beautifully heavy collage of layered sonic experimentation by the Brooklyn-based duo. The tracks move between driving house beats, electro-symphonic, neo-futuristic synth classicism, processed, layered vocals that turn into waves of mood, subtle touches of a “world music” sound, and even live strings and horns played by the composer-producer duo that blend seamlessly into the overall progression. The pieces move in and out of each other to create an evolving sonic vista that feels like the aural equivalent of traveling through alternatively deep, warm, pulsing reaches of outer and inner space, and all with a beautiful attention to shimmering production detail.