Mike Shannon is traditionally associated with techno records and DJ'ing, but casts aside any such dance-inducing formulas on Possible Conclusions to Stories That Never End. A Kitchener, Ontario, native, Shannon's relationship with electronic music of one kind or another has birthed a record label (Cynosure), led to extensive touring with peer Jeff Milligan and even landed him in Chile. Now a Barcelona resident, Shannon incorporates field recordings, minimal pulses and jazz on Possible, exploring darkened side roads between minimal techno and quivering, melodic electronica. Guest vocalist Anais reluctantly revisits an ex over delectably mild beat chirps on "Sweet Lies," while Shannon's programming glistens on "Bathing in Microwaves" for several completely captivating moments. With soothing synth swells atop a somewhat metallic shuffle, "Bathing" rises as slowly as its neighboring tracks, until its deep sea semblance bubbles to the surface, gradually shedding its weight along the way. It's a steady upward jaunt.
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