Pauline Anna Strom’s Angel Tears in Sunlight is not only her first album in 30 years, but her final album. The electronic music composer, who was born blind, originally self-released her music in the 80s, though it never resonated far beyond the New Age bubble. After decades of silence, punctuated only by her inclusion on 2017’s much needed compendium Trans-Millenia Music, she passed away in her San Francisco apartment last December, leaving behind a small yet transcendental body of work that fizzes with a quiet energy that traverses space and time.
On Angel Tears in Sunlight, Strom expands her freewheeling, utopian sound, weaving together a seemingly endless musical horizon filled with a sense of iridescent flecks and kaleidoscopic patterns. Elsewhere, QOQEQA digs into his afro-peruvian and andean roots with debut Axuxa, London musician Lava La Rue drops their highly-anticipated EP, and Oscar Scheller stuns on Boys Cry.