In its liner notes, Teen Daze’s latest record A Silent Planet is described as “a soundtrack to his imagination’s adaptation” of C. S. Lewis’s science-fiction novel Into The Silent Planet. While at first glance this approach to making a record is an intriguing one, it soon becomes evident that it is also the thorn it its side; because Jamison - the man behind ambient/chillwave project Teen Daze - intended A Silent Planet to be a soundtrack to his own imagination’s adaptation, the result is an incredibly personal, disaffecting album.

Many of the songs are inaccessible, hiding behind countless layers of synthesisers and effects. On ‘Surface’ and ‘It Calls Me Under’, the instruments blend and bleed together like the noise of a crowd, and you start to feel intensely claustrophobic. The liner notes promise lyrics thick with science-fiction references, but the vocals are so affected they become impossible to decipher. However, the album does open up slightly in its second half, becoming calmer and less dense. ‘I Fell Into The Light’ borrows the best elements of Vangelis’ excellent soundtrack to Blade Runner, but manages to shape them into something fresh. ‘The Harvest’ and ‘Watch Over Me’ are the record’s highlights, feeling less contrived and more restrained than the other tracks.

A Silent Planet does succeed in conjuring vivid images of a vast new world, but it also conjures the overwhelming feeling of alienation that inevitably comes with it. Not long after you’ve set out to explore the album, you grow tired. The landscape around you is immense and confusing. You feel abandoned, realising you’ve been walking in circles, the repetitive scenery playing tricks with your mind. You’ve lost sight of your ship, and start to feel very alone.

A Silent Planet simply feels too personal. This might sound absurd, as all good music requires a deep personal relationship with its writer, but A Silent Planet is an unhurried, in-depth experiment in adaptation, philosophy and imagination, which means that it’s incredibly hard to penetrate, and is difficult to relate to as a listener. However, while this means you may not be able to step inside A Silent Planet and turn it into your own journey, you can still step inside the shoes of Teen Daze and admire the journey he embarked on. This record is a very different creature from the accessible synth-pop of his debut Four More Years, and the evident effort to change direction on A Silent Planet is commendable. The album’s liner notes articulate this best: “Even though these songs may not resonate with those people who have come to admire his past works, he hopes that the listener will be able to see what he saw when writing and recording this album; that they’ll be able to feel what it would be like to explore a vast new place.”