Space Music: Ecstatic Sole, Ataraxia

Ecstatic Sole Mouton Noir Records / Believe Digital

It's a very busy week here at STBYM, but I always try to save room for some nutritious Space Music.

First up, French electronic duo Christine just released their new EP "Ecstatic Sole" and it's an invigorating electro release consisting of four driving, searing tracks that invoke 80s synth, house and a little hip hop. Let's have a listen. I'm partial to "Man Machine" and "Sauvage." They feature a host of cool tracks and mixes on their Soundcloud page, as well as their Bandcamp page. Check 'em out.

Next, I recently blogged about the brilliant work of 1970s synth master Mort Garson, whose work is regrettably hard to come by through legitimate means. Ah, but now there is hope! DJ Food informed me that Garson's masterful 1975 Ataraxia album "The Unexplained: Electronic Musical Impressions of the Occult" is slated for re-release on August 1. You'll find a listing for it over at Transmission Records for preorder.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.