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Madison’s insular lineage of sonic reducers replenishes at an impressive clip, so it’s both no surprise as well as a real treat to offer up the debut LP by one of the city’s freshest next-wave arc welders, Golden Donna. The solo soundworld of instrumental synthesist Joel Shanahan, GD incorporates a drained rainbow of niche hues into its multiverse: tranced sequencer constructs (“Shifter”), solar flare R&B (“Paulding Light”), glittering deep-space isolationist drift (“Infinite Earths,” “Flashing Hands Of Carousel”). The interplay between smooth rhythm syrups (seriously, check the moonlight yacht licks on “Paulding Light”) and more ambient-style body awareness float mode gives the record a woozy in-and-out-of-focus feel, like slow-coasting through clouds on codeine on a private jet. Grab a window seat. Recorded at Babe Lair in Madison, Wisconsin in Autumn 2011. Black vinyl LPs in smeary city sky hieroglyph jackets designed by Brave Mysteries CEO Nate Ritter.