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other. The pieces come together creating a unified whole out of these many
pieces. For the most part this is minimalism pure and simple. Some of the best
tracks on here are highly reminiscent of a messier version of Raster Noton.
Indeed multiple tracks bring to mind early Alva Noto with their use of static,
noise, and clipped bass lines. Overall it is highly effective. Right on the
other side of the spectrum seems to be a different approach to minimalism
indulging in more dance-friendly textures.
beginning is particularly focused Alva Noto’s industrial inclinations. Ynaktera
starts with a basic drone that eventually evolves into fully formed clipped
beats. Ghostphace takes a more intense approach with possibly the most
aggressive track on the whole album complete with large dollops of white noise
and ‘stop on a dime’ bass contortions. ‘A.K.T.’ may be one of the most
instantly enjoyable tracks on here. Going towards the more dance friendly
tracks is Frank Martin, Alen Dunn’s piece ‘Sumimasen’ which is the most pop
orientated track on the whole album in that there are discernible melodies to
be found. Plus the repetition and long track length work out well for it. Scual
ends the album on an unsettling note with a queasy disorientating track that
appears to slither about.
songs tend to veer towards the basics and avoid adornment. Tracks here move on
their own accord. By keeping things simple the album manages to stay compelling
for the entire duration.