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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:58 am    Post subject: Intricate Maximals :::: Compilation Review Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Intricate Maximals is the new release from Sheffield based Audiobulb, featuring 79 minutes of “detailed and sophisticated glitch-groove, IDM and indietronica” from 18 artists on the ‘bulb.

http://www.audiobulb.com

Having lived with the album for 6 weeks now it has become a varied and multi-layered work that’s sound tracked my daily life. And after 6 weeks I still haven’t scratched the surface really. This thing is deep, man.

Bringing you in with the spooky sound of a strange new world at daybreak, Autistici’s Nurture Nature is a powerful ambient piece with spacious drones and distant wolf-howls layered with robot-cricket glitches, birdsong and frog sounds. Multilayered enough to stand up to repeated plays (a useful asset for any album opener) and chilling enough to make you children cry.

Next up is the dark afternoon in the city track, from Prhizzm, continuing the spooky drones and reverby synth lines with awesome metallic glitches and a fat bassline coming in to take this from dreamy ambience to a kind of pervy groove. Tasty.

New talent Calika’s ‘Latticel Work’ come in as the first example of the indietronica the sleevenotes promised, sounding like a cross between a slowed down ‘Richard D James Album’ outtake and a chill cut by Zero 7 – although much more interesting. Beautifully warm acoustic guitar and bass parts permeated with the required dirty skips and pops, but once again whilst maintaining something like a foot-tapping flow. Play that groovy ‘tronica, white boy.

Following Calika breaking down into what sounds like some playstation shoot-em up comes the longest track on the album, Diagram Of Suburban Chaos’s So Gone. Anything approaching 7 minutes in length has gotta have something special to keep this reviewers attention, and happily it pulls it off. From the weird interplay of vocal ‘stabs’ and the light percussive rhythms that seemingly just loop until you listen harder and realise they probably don’t (or do they?) and the mid tempo pump of the kick to the slow creamy build and subsequent drop into ambience and a rocking two note rhythm, this holds the attention easily for its 6.50 length without being laboured or repetitive. Awesome.

Taavi Tulevs piece continues on a similar path but with darker heavier rhythms, but without being overbearing or hard to take in. Like standing under a giant enormous statue of a small child; warm and friendly yet powerful.

The third-way point of the album marks Cedar AV’s contribution, and this sounds uncannily like the sort of thing Manchester band Doves would be making if they had the balls. Tremolo’d guitars and glitch and white noise and monks singing. Fucking lovely. Good work!

Un Peopled by Marion continues in a more minimal way, with light dustings of low-bit sounds (a modem?) rice crispy beats and a slow burning build to its conclusion, which sound like someone blowing over a bottle. Bottle blowing is cool.

Claudias 1.16 miniature crams glitch, lofi piano sound, crickets, wine glasses echoey synths and probably a dozen other things I’ve missed into its short existence. Small is beautiful for definite. Left me wanting more, for definite.

So comes the closer for side 1 (although this is one of those new fangled compact discs, so its not), is Ter Iara by Unscan. Another dreamy combination of hard cold drum programming (in the good way) and warm summer days pads, closing with what would be one of the most dirty guitar solos of all time, which most likely isn’t even a guitar at all.

The virtual side 2 opens with Disastrato carrying on what Logan Rock Witch started, if the witch was some kinda lapdancer. Good thrusting music. Id imagine. Another personal favourite of mine.

Effacers cut has the most unpronounceable title of the whole album, and bought to mind a graveyard. Church bells tolling, dripping water drums providing the percussion, and often being left to their own devices when the music has gone, or is at least wandering out of earshot only to return flying some weird insect fighter plane. Nice. Then comes what could be a complete new tune but still in keeping with the foundations the first part built on.

Numero twelvo, by Ochre sounded just like its title ‘Shiverbox’. Banging on its metallic sides sporadically and at times desperately whilst the world rumbles outside and seepins in throught he cracks. A sense of calm returns around the 1.30 mark and propels the song on to its wobbly conclusion. Another ace piece of work.

Build’s track brings a welcome variation with some Rhodes-ey organ, harmonica and slow throbbing bass. The tune ebbs and flows from almost panicked beats back to calm and tranquillity. I used this song as anger management in traffic jams.

Robin Judge’s Fall comes in as penultimate track with sine wave bleeps and bass noises, mini bells playing an almost non-existent rhythm and xylophone (maybe?) in a refreshingly simple and understated piece.

And so onto the closer, entitled ‘Little Tummies (For Sinead)’ by Oti. With reassuring whispers, the sound of relaxing waves crashing on the shore, the subtle throb of whatever it is doing the throbbing and the weird walking-in-mud sounds that close it, a good closer and companion to the first track. Good close.

Conclusions? Awesome production all round, and some real instantly memorable gems. The rest will reward with some beautiful mood-enhancing music. Good work Audiobulb.

http://www.audiobulb.com

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:50 am    Post subject: Intricate Maximals - Reviewed Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Intricate Maximals :: label compilation :: www.audiobulb.com

THE MILK FACTORY (UK): ".... it is this very vision that shapes this
collection, crafting every particular angle of each track. Intricate
Maximals is no short of impressive and continues to show Audiobulb as an
imprint to rely on. 4.5 / 5"

IGLOO MAGAZINE (USA): "Containing eighteen tracks in all, Intricate Maximals compresses several dozen hours worth of musical motifs and ideas into eighty minutes of electronic expression. What keeps Audiobulb's latest compilation interesting is the diversity of approaches and sonic creativity. There's a lot of ideas here and most of them are executed with complex aplomb. Excellent."

DE:BUG (Germany): " Every track has a real body with tons of ideas and crazy grooves - torn apart but with a swinging attitude and most importantly the whole thing holds together very well."

Cut Up Media (Holland): " Music moves, scours, caresses and agitates. After every turn we discover new sounds, new emotions also. It is particularly stimulating and pleasant as the artists stretch the listener with their work. Intricate maximum can measure themselves with the best of more established electronic labels such as Warp, Rephlex or Planet Mu."

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