Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Solvognen - IKB (Disco Insolence)




‘IKB’ is the second release by Solvognen for Disco Insolence following a spilt-tape with Chaz Dolo last year.  The full album treatment suits this artist, allowing them to display a variety of interesting sounds.  ‘Vermillion’ has something of the all-surface sense-rush of Oneohtrix Point Never but with less of the plush plasticity, this is gnarlier and steam-driven; the arpeggios low-resolution and melted around the edges.  ‘Wisteria’ contains a synthesised cello grinding amidst a glitch whiteout; Kosmiche hum and crunching fruitless modem scanning adding further grime to an already pixelated sound-space.  ‘Aureolin’ has a placid soft tidal drift, barbed acid scribbles gambolling in the surf like poison-spined crustaceans.  ‘Amber’ proceeds in martial fashion, snare rattles echoing into the distance.  ‘Mauve’ burbles circularly like a pre-skronk section from a Colin Stetson track; a creeping bass riff lends a night-time air, wet streets and urban decay evoked in the crumbling song structure and strained grid-like precision.
Emotionally engaging, inventively arranged, atmospherically haunting; this second release for Jonathan Lee’s Disco Insolence label is an excellent addition to their fledgling catalogue.

Purchase the album here.

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