Exposé Online banner

Larry Kucharz — Pastels
(International Audiochrome IA41, 2010, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2010-07-01

Pastels Cover art

Lights out. Put your headphones on for this one! Expansive sheets of subtle melodic color and points of sparkling light and empty darkness drift and float in and out of a three-dimensional listening space, one layer covering another, dissolving and then revealing something else behind it, in front of and behind the listener, like a mysterious world unto its own. Kucharz’ compositions and titles always refer to colors, shades and hues, and although this is sound we are dealing with, the references to light, dark, color, and hue are entirely appropriate, as the sonic textures and melodic fragments seem to circulate and shimmer within this cinematic soundworld. One can easily imagine much of this to be the soundtrack to the aurora borealis, as it dances and weaves its colorful textures in the northern skies. How this music is made is only of secondary interest compared to the effect it produces. Sensations of coldness and warmth seem to accompany the listener at various points throughout this deep space journey as well. This is experiential listening at its finest. Like many of Kucharz’ releases, the music here was composed over several decades (mostly of recent vintage here), but in all cases re-electro-orchestrated with current instrumentation. Kucharz has close to two dozen releases to his credit now, and this is one of the more engaging ones, and as good a place as any for the uninitiated to begin exploring his works.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Larry Kucharz

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bob Drake - The Skull Mailbox – Bob Drake may be a genius, but it is fair to say that, as far as the results of his craft go, he is more than a bit scatterbrained. The Skull Mailbox is chock full of ideas, often more than one for...  (2002) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues