Solea Amphibia's STRATOSPHEAR blends elements of electronic music with a traditional New Age ethos. "Fiesta," the album's opener, for example, emerges from a bog of digital burbles and bleeps before settling into a light, rhythmic groove. "Virtual Sine Wave," a spacious, textured affair, rides a four-on-the-floor beat reminiscent of house and techno. However, these electronic leanings are applied in the service of creating a deeply atmospheric and entrancing sonic experience in the manner of more straightforward ambient music.
Elsewhere, Solea Amphibia (AKA Lars-Marcus Jungnell) explores lush, textured pulses (as on the evocative title track) and reverb-drenched motifs that sound like some pleasing strain of futuristic jazz ("Trunk II"). All of the compositions on STRATOSPHEAR are cloaked in a luxurious sheen that will carry the listener immediately to dreamy regions of outer and inner space. In this way, Solea Amphibia has made a record that should appeal to both hardcore electronica fans and devotees of mesmerizing, mind-transporting New Age music.