Reviewed by anil bawa (absorb.org)
if you've ever cocked about on a piece of music software for over half an hour, it will be clear to you that while some aspects of electronic composition are utterly mind-boggling, others, like magically hatching a noisy mess and calling it 'darkcore ambient', are childsplay. the level of global disk space tied up in 12-minute diy 'sound-scapes' knocked out of a native instruments package must surely rival the amount frozen in moronic cyclical fruity looped suspension.
so upon glimsping see the art-work here i'm immediately suspicious. sjn veer from great toony-goth-noise, sinister and goofy all at once, to the aforementioned facile guff. when a promising title like 'bring me the ear of celion dion' delivers no more than a murky digital mess, i think i'm within my listening rights to feel betrayed.
there's texture, yes, always the texture if nothing else, and gazing into a pool of algae for an hour can render the world luminous and vibrant, but you know what, i think i'll go elsewhere - like that fennesz record on touch, '+47 degrees....', hecker's latest full-length on mego or an untold amount of japanese otaku stuff. at least with those you don't get a wad of unwanted sci-fi sampleage thrown in like radioactive waste into your bargain bucket. pass me the chicken wings would you, i just lost my appetite for sound.
- Shitmat - Shopliftin' Gabba
- Jansky Noise & Speedranch - Mi^grate
- µ-Ziq - Bilious Paths
- Lexaunculpt - The Blurring Of Trees
- Ambulance - The Curse Of Vale Do Lobo
- Venetian Snares - Winter In The Belly Of A Snake
- Electronic Music Composer - Suggested Surgery
- Local - They Are Local
- Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit
- Various - Children Of Mu
- Venetian Snares - Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972-2006
- Joseph Nothing - Dreamland Idle Orchestra
- Nautilis - Are You An Axolotl
- DJ Hekla - Eruption 1970
- Nautilis - Sketches Vol.1
- Decal - 404 Not Found
- Luke Vibert - Homewerk
- Kettel - Tadley Management E.P.
- Hellfish - Meat Machine Broadcast System
- Dykehouse - Dynamic Obsolescence
- Tim Tetlow - Cyrenic
- Electric Company - Slow Food
- Venetian Snares - Songs About My Cats
- o9 - No Delay For Days