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posted a comment on Clocolan - Nothing Left To Abandon. about 1 year ago
Good point, thanks--updated. The Special Edition vinyl release was limited to 500, transparent blue/black mixed.
submitted Clocolan - Nothing Left To Abandon. about 1 year ago
submitted Clocolan - The Most Vivid Shade Of Green. about 1 year ago
submitted Clocolan - Clocolan Arches. over 2 years ago
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submitted Clocolan - Obsolete Advancements. over 2 years ago
posted a review of Deru - Say Goodbye To Useless. over 5 years ago
There is an uneasy, unconventional mode in Deru's application of sound and sound treatments; his techniques are unpredictable, unexpected and invigorating. Stuttering granulations, enveloping reverberative spaces, heavily gated rhythmic outlays, ... See full review
posted a review of Arovane - Tides. over 5 years ago
Distant yet intimate, the pulsing rhythms and minimalist melodic motifs merge in blissful solitude. Meandering, lo-fi textural interludes and wafting acoustic fragments shape the whole of this collection, inviting the listener to pause, reflect. ... See full review
posted a review of Vangelis - Mask. over 5 years ago
A tragically unknown and underrated work.

It is something of a cross between electronic music and plainchant; it sometimes borders on opera, albeit ruthlessly and unabashedly modernist, but without the distraction of an overt narrative. The music has a ... See full review
posted a review of Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest. over 5 years ago
A couple of tracks will no doubt become iconic ("Reach For The Dead", "Cold Earth" or "Nothing Is Real" perhaps); new representations of a necessarily reinvented BOC mantra. But there's a surprising sonic/rhythmic flatness to many others--unexpected, ... See full review
posted a review of Saturday Index - Partly Cloudy. over 6 years ago
Any music--any artform--can be dismissed as "imitation"; by that logic all rock and roll is just imitation of Elvis and all film is just imitation of cave painting. The archetype of a style does not imply ownership; artists are merely discoverers of ... See full review
posted a review of Klaus Schulze - Timewind. over 8 years ago
While "Bayreuth Return" conquers your mind with its pulsing, mesmerizing gamelan-like ostinatos that agitate and persist beneath the imperative soundings of some monstrous and inconsolable being, it is "Wahnfried 1883" that conquers your ... See full review
posted a review of Helios - Unleft. over 8 years ago
This music is magnetic and penetrating. In some ways it's a more down-to-earth reinterpretation of the sound-as-memory constructs of his Eingya and Unomia releases.

Helios frequently employs the crunky, lo-fi, neo-retro soundcrafting that one normally ... See full review
posted a review of Miles Tilmann - Melt. over 8 years ago
Tilmann's enigmatic and gloriously emotive sounds are a rare joy. This music shimmers, pulses and smolders; curious and elated then contemplative, brooding.

The ideas are distinct and particular. Wreathed in adorable stillness, each vignette is a tone ... See full review
posted a review of Cepia - Atlantic Blood. over 8 years ago
This music approaches a convergence of Apparat's fragmentary, pointillist timbral treatments and Autechre's unforgiving, minimalist rhythmic tessellations.

The glimpses of melodic material are fleeting; it is reduced, distilled and fascinatingly ... See full review
posted a review of Loscil - Endless Falls. over 8 years ago
Dramatic and persistent. Loscil's newest oeuvre is transcendental; a measured, sobering mantra music whose gentle and unrelenting percussive resonances permeate the psyche.

There is a tenacity in these sounds; the clammy, near-dissonant textures ... See full review
posted a review of Marsen Jules - Herbstlaub. over 8 years ago
This is a new minimalist ambient music. The vibrations are thick. The resonances are subtle and provocative. This is a mantra music that lulls one from observable existence to one that exists only in a state of trance.

But this is not the hokey-pokey, ... See full review
posted a review of William Basinski - Melancholia. over 8 years ago
"Melancholia" traces a gentle, eerie path through a selection of aural vignettes that together form a sort of mental scrapbook of musical thoughts.

William Basinski employs a method of music-making that is in time with the memory-evoking style of Boards ... See full review
posted a review of Akira Rabelais - Eisoptrophobia. over 8 years ago
Rabelais is brave in that he doesn't shy away from the sometimes naked electronification of these works for piano by early 20th Century music illuminati.

For whereas these may originally have been intended as pseudo-trancendental thought-to-music ... See full review
posted a review of Akira Rabelais - Spellewauerynsherde. over 8 years ago
The plaintive and deeply moving strains of dissected and recombined vocal phrases here leaves one perpetually mesmerized by its effect. Rabelais' careful and exacting work captures the environment-as-sound method of Eno's "Neroli", but in context of a ... See full review
posted a review of Loscil - Triple Point. over 8 years ago
This is ruthless seduction. How such beauty can emerge from the cold and lifeless resistors, transistors and pathways of computerized noisemakers is a mystery. The aching strains and looping oscillations are threadbare, yet their emotive content is so ... See full review
posted a review of Apparat - Duplex. over 8 years ago
If Seurat had chosen a path of sound instead of light, I imagine it would have yielded something like this. This is particulate art: The disintegration and reintegration of discrete melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements (that's granular synthesis to ... See full review
posted a review of Andrew Thomas - Fearsome Jewel. over 8 years ago
This is minimalism seen through the lens of a high-speed camera. Each sounding is a careful and deliberate peak-and-trough construct, fractured by repetitive embellishments, wherein every nuance—organic and near-impressionistic in their ... See full review
posted a review of Alarm Will Sound - Acoustica (Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin). over 8 years ago
Even for novices of Aphex Twin's dissected, rehashed and distilled brand of limerick-as-music compositional style, they would appreciate the effect of this work.

The mimicry is deft and surprisingly listenable (one might even argue that in some cases ... See full review
posted a review of Miles Tilmann - Underland EP. over 8 years ago
Sensitive and thought-provoking, "Underland" unfolds in smooth, unpolished notes that are tangents of early Aphex Twin, Christ., Arovane, and Boards Of Canada.

Tilmann's percussive artistry is crisp and engaging, careful to maintain a balance and ... See full review
posted a review of Yasume - Where We're From The Birds Sing A Pretty Song. over 8 years ago
Percussively complex but harmonically sensual, Yasume marries edgy rhythms with a glassy backdrop of muted and surreal soundscapes.

It's Arovane's shimmering harmonies infused with vermilion accents; it's Autechre's cold architectural constructs ... See full review
posted a review of Yagya - Will I Dream During The Process?. over 8 years ago
This is living, breathing IDM.

The calming throb of percussive patterns and rhythmic interplay is never far, but the waxing and waning peak-and-trough backdrop lends a distinctively organic texture to Yagya's level-headed and cyclical instrumentation ... See full review
posted a review of Clark* - Growls Garden. over 8 years ago
Ear-tickling, joyously raw and wickedly inventive. This feels like the raucous offspring of a Freescha and Aphex Twin mind-meld. It's Casino Versus Japan with ADD. And a bag of M&Ms.

What is perhaps most striking about Clark's compositional style is ... See full review
posted a review of Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Vrioon. over 8 years ago
These words will have difficulty describing the exquisite detail and nuance crafted by Alva Noto and Sakamoto. This is a beautiful union of piano and electronics, and likely the only of its kind.

Vrioon is a more organic and meditative work than their ... See full review
posted a review of Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country. over 8 years ago
Sober and deliberate, Hecker's expansive, diffusive textures achieve a gorgeously dense "wall of sound" effect that devotees of Klaus Schulze will appreciate.

Hecker's drones produce a sense of perpetual harmonic instability within a musical environment ... See full review
posted a review of Bola - Fyuti. over 8 years ago
Fyuti is slick, silky and mellow. Bola demonstrates a knack for infusing his minimal downtempo tracks with insistent bass lines, sobering harmonies, and sparse, oscillating electro textures. His crisp rhythms and organic computer utterances are a ... See full review
posted a review of Adam Johnson - Chigliak. over 8 years ago
A gorgeous blend of crisp rhythmic structures, deliciously fragmentary melodic material, and a moody ambiance that pervades Johnson's tracks. This is Arovane's minimalist harmonic sensibilities stretched over Autechre's austere architectural ... See full review
posted a review of Kettel - Volleyed Iron. over 8 years ago
Potent and graceful, Kettel achieves an arresting sound that heightens the senses. The music is meditative and beautiful; darker, brooding, and contemplative. Firmly ambient electronica in style, but sometimes flirting with classical sensibilities. ... See full review
posted a review of Hecq - Night Falls. over 8 years ago
Hecq's penetrating timbral sensibilities lull the unwary listener into a state of meditation-observation, as if hovering on the uneasy event horizon of some unfathomably vast abyss.

His touch is expert; no waveforms go unchecked. There is great skill ... See full review
posted a review of Vangelis - Mask. over 8 years ago
As near to a style of electronic opera as one can imagine. While the tonality is firmly rooted in western modes, Vangelis manages a level of timbral and textural depth that is striking, furious and beautiful. After his Beaubourg series, this is likely ... See full review
posted a review of Fabio Orsi - Audio For Lovers. over 8 years ago
Orsi's artistry and deft sound treatments are alluring; there is a satisfying fastidiousness in the elaborate harmonic constructs that underlie many of these tracks.

In the de-complexified language of meditative electronic ambientia, Orsi assembles and ... See full review
posted a review of Celer - Engaged Touches. over 8 years ago
Captivating and hypnotic, Celer's careful, methodical sonic revelations crane and blossom in perpetually unfolding crescendos. His stark, abyssal textural backdrops are a paradox: At first confounding in their complexity, then effortless in their ... See full review
posted a review of Pjusk - Sart. over 9 years ago
The wizardry and craft in this masterpiece by Pjusk is intoxicating, enthralling. It approaches something of a perfect union of Eno's music-as-space constructs, Peter Gabriel's processing of organic ephemera, and the persistent, concentrated soul of ... See full review
posted a review of Taylor Deupree - Weather And Worn. over 9 years ago
Calming, effervescent timbres drift along gentle vectors, their tranquil sighs evoking a warmth and familiarity that lulls one toward welcome meditation.

The material is recognizably organic, but Deupree manages a deft juxtaposition of subtle sound ... See full review
posted a review of Apparat - Multifunktionsebene. over 9 years ago
As a means of describing the term "IDM", there is likely no example more firmly rooted in the style.

Translated as "Multi-level", this music is lavish in its sparseness; crystalline textures hanging like early mist under serrated rhythmic tessellations ... See full review
posted a review of William Orbit - My Oracle Lives Uptown. over 9 years ago
Billy Buttons is back. I had begun to mourn his music's passing but this album puts him squarely back where he was, pre-Madonna. If you loved his Strange Cargo series--particularly III & IV--you'll find a lot to hang your hat on here.

Not perhaps as ... See full review
posted a review of Ten And Tracer - An Hour Brighter. over 9 years ago
Slick and polished, yet unabashedly tweaked to flaunt its neo-retro patina, An Hour Brighter is a sublime excursion among opalescent textures, crisp, diminutive rhythms and analog-esque melodic cadenzas.

There are similar musical sensibilities and ... See full review
posted a review of Ten And Tracer - Companion. over 9 years ago
With minimal time allotted to each track, exposition and development moves fast, but the music is purposeful, driven and complete. Each of these soundings has a distinct quality, a single focus; delectable music tapas when an entrée would be ... See full review
posted a review of Freescha - Head Warlock Double Stare. over 9 years ago
This is the only sound artist who uses filters like instruments. Boards of Canada is an obvious comparison, but this is bold and in-your-face sound work, and is less focused on the melancholic, memory centric strains of BOC.

For those who dig Christ., ... See full review