Genre: Electronic, Trip Hop
This is the long awaited and much anticipated follow up to 2006's Ganglion which was quite the interesting release. Personally I had thought this project to be dead, and am quite glad to see it is not so. Monocyte is apparently the soundtrack to a comic book being published by IDW Publishing. If you are familiar with the previous works of Saltillo than you will have a fairly good idea of what you're in for on this release: a plethora of violin and cello melodies coupled with trip-hop esque drums and dark atmospheres.
+ Certainly one of the main focuses of Saltillo releases are his violin and cello playing. These instruments sound absolutely beautiful on Monocyte - the recording job is supurb; they sound huge, thick and clear. The melodies are catchy and distinct, and as such this record is instantly recognizable as the work of Saltillo.
+ Overall, the production and mixing is solid.
As a conceptual work, it is hard to judge this when you don't have the graphical content of the comic as reference (the art of his that I've seen is dark, interesting, and quite well drawn, so I'm sure the comic portion of this is very much worth checking out). That said, Monocyte works well enough as a stand alone collection of audio. It's certainly a bit "out there" and not for everyone, but fans of trip hop and dark, industrial-influenced weird folk should enjoy this immensely. If you liked his first album than I'd wager you will enjoy this as well. Pick it up if you're looking for something different and well-crafted.