Forma - Physicalist
Progressive Electronic / Ambient
Forma are a Brooklyn-based synthesizer group that specialize in minimalist, spiraling progressive electronic music that harkens back to the likes of Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, and occasionally, the looping modern classical of Philip Glass and Steve Reich. The first half of Physicalist is almost exclusively filled with Autobahn-style synth melodies and drum machine loops, while the second half moves into more experimental ambient territory. While a little overlong, the electronic soundscapes conjured here are never less than engaging. The bouncy, catchy Maxwell’s Demon is a highlight, as well as the spontaneous-sounding closer Improvisation for Flute and Piano, which showcases the group’s classical music background.