The proper follow-up to Brendan Angelides' self-titled Eskmo album from 2010, SOL -- released on R&S subsidiary Apollo, rather than on Ninja Tune -- is another collection of radically treated, densely layered electronic music that rejects categorization. As with the 2010 album, this material is best suited for solitary and deeply attentive headphone listening. Alien pop sounds lap, drip, creak, and swarm throughout. Angelides' vocals are as misshapen as ever, sometimes somewhere between those of Matthew Dear and Japan-era David Sylvian. The relatively sparse ambient instrumentals, frequently unpredictable as they twist and turn, are almost as fascinating. Even the relatively tranquil sections seem slightly turbulent.
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman