Press for Psychatrone Rhonedakk - Disturbs The Air
From The Broken Face by Mats Gustafson
"Pychatrone Rhonedakk has been mentioned in these pages before, but I strongly believe that nothing I’ve heard from this one-man ensemble before has been this accomplished and exciting all the way through. Things start as expected with electronic percussion set against a tapestry of repetitious Sonic Youth-esque guitars but already the second track clearly states that this is not quite like any of the earlier Psychatrone Rhonedakk releases. “Can You Travel in the Dark Alone” is an introspective and stark rendition of the Gandalf song, and I can’t help but to think that this particular track in a ghostly precise way wraps up the feel of the entire album. There’s this sense of self-awareness but also doubt and hesitation that comes wrapped around every spacey note. “Procession East” is perfect procession music for the psych/space/drone generation while the epic title track delivers gloomy keyboards that wrestle gently with waves of ambient synth experimentalism. The following “Attic Toy Space” is a bell-laced folk/space floater that quietly asks for your attention and if you’re anything like me you’ll find yourself playing it over and over again. Besides all this there’s also more structured pieces with class guitar tunesmithery and dark, ocean deep vocals aiming for the most downcast corner of the psychedelic stratosphere. If you ever have wondered if you could travel in the dark alone or if you just dig all sorts of far-reaching psychedelia then this is for you."
WFMU's Beware Of The Blog Review 12/05
"Growing up in a valley in Eastern Pennsylvania, one gets used to long days without much sunlight in the winter; you go to bars, you hang out, you would drive to New York or Philly for the odd show as a real music scene hadn't quite begun to flourish as of yet given the odd AOR radio hitmaker. Not much else to do except immerse yourself in whatever your kick was. Psychatrone Rhonedakk hung out a lot in the record store I worked at and could spiel for hours on Zappa, Chris Knox, Robyn Hitchcock, Barrett, Roky, and he knew his stuff inside out and always was digging deeper into the seeds of the underground to tie the new and the old together. In fact one time we left a bar at 2am while he was having an intense parking lot conversation with another Zappahead, and he was then spotted the next morning by a friend on his way to work in the same spot still talking. So when he finally got a moog and started recording at home and sending out CDR's, it seemed like a logical progression. Gradually the heads and mags of the underground psych scene started to take notice despite his continued hobbit-stance of never playing live; Acid Mothers-related collaborations happened, contribution to a Jandek tribute, and this year he dropped quite a bomb of a record, Disturbs the Air. Prime-era Ash Ra, Tangerine Dream, and other electronic pioneers who have been oft-quoted find a very unique phrasing in Psychatrone's music; in the past his recordings were often full of warm and fuzzy sketches of analog om-ness, but now distilled into cold, freezing nuggets of dark, fully-structured songs that include perfectly adapted covers of Gandalf, Bill Martin, and Warren Zevon bathed in a stark vocal performance. Good comfort sound."