Bloomfield Machine – ‘left to our own devices’


Showing an eclectic prowess from industrial rock to spacey electronic pursuits, left to our own devices is a strikingly atmospheric album from Bloomfield Machine. The project comes via multi-instrumentalist and producer Brian Kassan, based in Huntington Beach, CA.

One of many highlights throughout the album, “Inventing Hope” is a gorgeous, spacious ambient success. Gentle, spacey synths and sporadic percussive propulsions combine for a wistful soundscape fit for a space opera’s climactic moments. The subsequent “Minister of Loneliness” also stirs aesthetically, as ’80s-feeling guitar tones tread murkily around mechanical-like rhythms. The industrial electronic and rock synergy compels throughout.

“When Is It Done Really?” is fondly reminiscent of Boards of Canada in its icy synth-driven chills and sense of rhythmically escalating intrigue. The crunchy pulses make for an intriguingly infectious pull. The finale “Levels Of Infinity” concludes the album fittingly, emphasizing both haunting spaciousness and eerie mid-point blasts of distortion. left to our own devices is a captivating listening experience throughout, full of personality-filled soundscapes.

Check out the album on Spotify and Bandcamp.

“Inventing Hope” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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