“ on Physicalist, Forma, mind-bogglingly skilled with their synthesizers, push themselves further and further into new territory—almost literally—as they pare back, slow down, spread out, dig into the (American) soil beneath their feet.”
A far-reaching double LP, Physicalist blends swirling arpeggios, ambient soundscapes, and driving motorik beats with free-flowing experiments on piano, flute and percussion. The first FORMA album to feature acoustic instrumentation, Physicalist owes more to American composers like Harold Budd or Terry Riley than Klaus Schulze and other Krautrock visionaries.
Recorded with Al Carlson at Gary’s Electric studio in Brooklyn. Original artwork by Robert Beatty. Liner notes essay by Michael Barron. Mastered by Bob Weston.
Formed in 2010 by Mark Dwinell in Brooklyn, FORMA’s combustible mixture of lush synth explorations and frenetic rhythm has captivated the margins of the international synth scene since their 2011 debut on John Elliott’s influential Spectrum Spools label. Following 2012’s darker OFF/ON, the trio set course toward the perimeter of the dance floor, releasing their COOL HAPTICS EP on The Bunker New York in 2014. Physicalist, their debut on Kranky, features new member and multi-instrumentalist John Also Bennett, along with George Bennett on percussion. FORMA’s celebrated live performances -- extended improvisational journeys veering from the ecstatic to the foreboding -- draw techno, noise, and synth disciples into their realm.