Besides the duo's musical influences from classic experimental bands like Einsturzende Neubauten and Clock DVA, Retina's chief inspiration for Volcano Waves comes from (strangely enough) a volcano. And, in a way, this could easily be a soundtrack for the Vesuvio volcano in Pompeii, Italy, where Retina resides and records. Spooky tones flow like lava, low-end bass rumbles, and beats erupt. Most of this improvised (and later edited) material is repetitive and often extends past five minutes, creating persistent textures that cool down before they have a chance to really heat up.
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AllMusic Review by Kenyon Hopkin