Released on Gnod's Tesla Tapes label, Arcana is a limited cassette release also available as a download.
Tristan Bath wrote in The Quietus:
I like a lot of stuff on Tesla Tapes, the magnetically coated, spooled, charcoal-coloured plastic strip arm of the GNOD empire, based up in Salford, Greater Gnodchester. Black Tempest's Arcana, for example, is the kind of creaking and monolithic hardware (acid) house that Deep Thought, the megacomputer from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy would have listened to after answering the question to the life, the universe and everything, during a post riddle defragging. (The answer to the question by the way was "42" - the length of this cassette. A coincidence? Well, yes, probably.)
Tesla Tapes said:
Black Tempest Aka Stephen Bradbury is a one man synth army. We caught a performance of his at Supernormal Festival 2010 and his pastoral, methodic workouts made a big impression.
A copy of his album 'Ex Proxima' was passed on which has such a classic British synth sound it feels like it could have been recorded 30 years ago somwhere deep in the British countryside.
For Arcana, he has stripped it down to the basics, no waste Chris Carter-esque drum sound provided by the lovely Vermona DRM-1 and perfectly controlled analogue synth modulations.The pastoral vibes remain albeit from what feels a colder, darker place.