The three original tracks "recorded in the summer of '97 on a cassette 4-track" are now accompanied by a fourth instrumental that ventures into atmospheric electronic territory. The bonus track was composed on an old Roland SH-2000 synthesizer Licher found while living in Arizona; it is, rather fittingly, named "Number 09" "an homage to the Beatles' most adventurous piece of experimentation. 'Exploratorium' reclaims equal fondness for the natural and the industrial: taking its name from Licher's fascination with the San Francisco science museum, this solo project's mission is an exploration of sound that feels scientific and transcendental at the same time. This thoroughly inquisitive approach is made clearer "and intriguing" by the unexpected pairing of the original three tracks with "Number 09". Whereas "Peak", "Going Home" and "The Penstemon Field" eagerly play with stretching the role of guitars and bass, "Number 09" takes its cue from the hypnotic synths of the Human League's 12" from 1979 'The Dignity of Labour' and sets off for an unconstrained sonic trip that goes from the jarring to the meditative. It's a mesmerizing blend of ambient and post-rock, noisy shoegaze and pastoral melodic structures, droning avant-garde and soundtracks at their most sparse and yearning.
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