If Kraftwerk and Eno set the standard for sleek, machinelike, atmospheric electronic pop and ambient music in the ‘70s and ‘80s, local synth enthusiast Jim Combs leads his Sensitive Chaos project into comparable vistas but with a welcoming (some might say “new agey”…but I wouldn’t) warmth uncommon in typical instrumental electronic endeavors. Much of the new CD Amerisynthecana was recorded live at Kavarna and Eyedrum, while other tracks date back to the ‘80s. Later embellishments, courtesy of a variety of musical cohorts, include soprano sax, Fender Rhodes and percussion. It’s not for everyone but it shouldn’t lead to jittery anxiety, at least.
- Jeff Clark