Meet “Molly”, a synthetic drug that, along with “N-Bomb”, “Bath Salts” and “Spice”, is wreaking havoc on America’s youth. These dangerous synthetic drugs are sold under store counters and over the Internet, with hundreds of websites delivering them straight to your door. And the kicker? There’s no way of telling what’s in them. Manufacturers continually change the chemical composition to stay ahead of law enforcement; and there’s no quality control over the 300-plus chemical variations that have come into the United States over the past four years, mainly from China. In the CNN Special Report Deadly High: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids, Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin will take viewers on an in-depth journey into the world of synthetic drugs, focusing on the deaths of two teenagers in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Synthesist Jonathan Block, who records as Synthetic Block, has released three albums as a solo act, but this is the first one of his recordings I have reviewed. Sonic Approach is a unique combination of Berlin school sequencer-style EM, melodic floating spacemusic textures, and some subtly abstract qualities as well. The result is music that is complex in the best possible ways, as it shifts between various moods and styles on each track's journey from inception to completion. Some of the eight selections are shorter (in the three to four minute range) while others span out to as long as nearly thirteen minutes. Regardless of the length, though, each cut offers up music that is well-engineered, thoughtfully composed, and artfully performed.