With Apex Ideals, Hobo Cubes has found a rich vein of form to explore. Montreal based Francesco De Gallo (also of Hobo Cult Records) is a master of manipulating ambient textures into compositions rife with emotion. Apex Ideals focuses time-based ideas and constructs, finding deeply personal reflections inside its electronic cascades.
Using time-stretching methods to create vast expanses of minimal ambience, Apex Ideals finds some of its greatest strength in glitches and accidents that accentuate the sonic terrain. The beauty is in the details; a cut here and the beating of a heart pours out in synthetic rhythms and deft tonal shifts; a mistake there and liquid synths bubble like blood escaping an open wound. De Gallo puts everything on the table and Apex Ideals ends up being an incredibly introspective record because of it.
Dreams fade into intangible thoughts overridden by external changes and are channeled into an aural dream- scape. Hobo Cubes has climbed many vistas in the past five years but none have reached the heights of Apex Ideals. This is Francesco De Gallo’s masterpiece.