Native West Virginian Jake Johnson has been making visual and sonic art under the Moltar moniker since 2008. After undergoing rapid evolution over the past decade from tape experimentation to generative midi compositions, extended techniques in FM synthesis, and sampling, 2017 marks the release of Johnson’s most polished and heavy hitting record “Eclypse Inside” on Cleveland’s Unifactor Tapes. While past releases explore the intimacy of sonic perception, “Eclypse” unleashes volleys of old school jungle and rave tracks that demand movement and extroversion. These recordings possess a universal, uplifting quality unique to Johnson and represent the perfect foil to the resurgence in popularity of dour techno and EBM production in the 21st century. “Eclypse Inside” solidly taps into the original spirit of early sampling music which carried the underground into a golden age of positivity and consciousness expansion.
This is one of the most moving suites of music I have ever heard. The music wonderfully complements the narrator's story. One of the best releases of this or any year, one of the best albums this label has to offer, and one that leaves me eager to hear Scheible's next work. A difficult listen due to the emotional nature of the work, but one that is absolutely worthy of repeated journeys into Scheible's sonic world and the narrator's heartbreaking story. Alec L. Critten