The_Empath / Arx Kaeli ‎– Meltdown

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S5 The_Empath / Arx Kaeli The_Empath / Arx Kaeli - Meltdown(12", Ltd, Num, Cle) SEALT S5 Russia 2011 Sell This Version
¥808 the_empath & Arx Kaeli the_empath & Arx Kaeli - Meltdown(12xFile, FLAC, Album) Hymen Records ¥808 Germany 2013
¥808 the_empath & Arx Kaeli the_empath & Arx Kaeli - Meltdown(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Hymen Records ¥808 Germany 2013

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electronicpinky

electronicpinky

July 10, 2012
referencing Meltdown, 12", Ltd, Num, Cle, S5
Sure everybody can make this music (if you're talented and dark enough...oops 95 procent of the electronic scene is very quit now and THEY SHOULD BE)
The packaging (I thought a collector box from Kraftwerk arrived lol )is not made by humans,impossible ! Respect all the way for these guys

Eismann

Eismann

December 26, 2011
referencing Meltdown, 12", Ltd, Num, Cle, S5

First things first, this release has one of the most impressive and well thought out packaging I have encountered over the ~20 years that I collect music. There are some images of it uploaded to Discogs where you can see it, but the actual physical object is even more imposing, as it is sturdy and tough and heavy enough you can kill someone with it. True collector's item, indeed.

Radiation is a natural metaphor for many wonderful things, from the engulfing inspiration to simply the time passing by. An atomic explosion, with its colorful clouds of heated gases spreading playfully upwards and to the sides, is a complementing image for pretty much everything else. That is why, when I encounter another record that deals with the subject matter of nuclear disasters (say, Job Karma - Tschernobyl, or Uranium USSR 1972 - Avarie, and now this), I can't but stay stunned, pierced with respect and admiration.

On to the music, and more seriously: this is gritty and dark IDM, much in the vein of publishing establishments like Halbsicht Records, Tympanik Audio and of course, Hymen Records. Such type of stuff all sounds like you're hiding in a bomb shelter, hearing some global system of oil and concrete, a post nuclear cyclone perhaps, moving slowly somewhere up above the ground. This is certainly not a new style, so the record is an incremental step forward. It polishes the face of the existing darkness of a diamond, and does not try to go and mine a new one.

Both The_Empath and Arx Kaeli's compositions display plenty of these musicians' technical prowess, and you can immediately tell this music has been done after, say, 2007. The Arx Kaeli's pieces show a stronger command of the dotted melodic lines, and also of the overall suspenseful tension he builds up with the well placed pauses, the chasms of ambiance and bass. To this ears, at least half of this record sounds very convincing, and it is mostly the Arx's part. On the basis of music alone, because of a couple of clearly weaker tracks, this album would have been between 4 and 5, but taking into account the simply amazing packaging which reinforces the overall perception of this art object, this record is a solid 5.