1 review »Anyone interested in a sonic trip to another world should read on... The sun has disappeared for the night, my lights are dimmed and on my home headphones I have a CD by Dalglish, an alter ego of Chris Douglas. A producer that has been quietly creating his own world through his machines, operating just below the radar since the early 90's with releases on Worm Interface, Highpoint Lowlife, Plug Re ... »
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 18 September 2008Anyone interested in a sonic trip to another world should read on... The sun has disappeared for the night, my lights are dimmed and on my home headphones I have a CD by Dalglish, an alter ego of Chris Douglas. A producer that has been quietly creating his own world through his machines, operating just below the radar since the early 90's with releases on Worm Interface, Highpoint Lowlife, Plug Research, Pthalo, Dial, Diskono, iDEAL Recordings and now his full length (he had a compilation track) debut for the always compelling Record Label Records. 'Ideom' is a journey into the infinite cosmos and onto planets inhabited by super advanced insect like robotic creatures speaking in ancient code. From the offset 'Exhinenol' suggests a brooding menace of epic proportions with gargantuan machines tearing through a post apocalyptic landscape and reporting back data to it's master computer. As the album progresses the details in the production are slowly revealed. Like an artist's individual brush strokes accumulating to create the overall picture. I imagine a bleak and murky world with a hazy fog being illuminated by strobe like bursts of blue light reflecting off chrome armour. The layers of sound are constantly evolving with microscopic rhythms, textures, blips and frequencies to decipher in many of the totally futuristic sounds. For most of it's duration 'Ideom' is a dark beast but it is not without light, albeit in the distance. I've sometimes woken from a dream in which I've heard voices from another world and wished that I was capable of articulating them into electronic music. Here Dalglish has indeed created some of the sounds I hear in my dreams and for that I am eternally grateful. The mesmerizing industrial (but not too heavy) rhythms of 'Fhorjon' eventually become smothered in waves of claustrophobic synth that are somehow comforting and then the track is stripped back, with a slow, murky 4/4 kick in the background making me imagine myself being anesthetized by droids. 'Jokma' is a breathtaking track with its shifting glitchy rhythms and precise metallic itchy pulses. The track becomes extremely intense midway and I'm almost gasping for breath. From this point on it becomes difficult to write as 'Sach' is so magnificently disorientating. 'Morder J' eases the pressure slightly with its skewed, almost dubby vibe that creeps its way into your mind and body. 'Simint' is a powerful exhibit of beauty through sound. A very moving and haunting piece that takes you astro and then back into yourself. Perhaps thee perfect soundtrack to the recent experiments with the Hadron Collider in Switzerland...'Ideom' is an incrediblly deep and heavy album. I urge you to listen and to discover for yourselves. An amazing experience from beginning to end. Yet another stellar release of supremely high quality machine music on Fluorescent Grey's Record Label Records imprint. Comes in 6 panel digipak with complimentary monochrome artwork and a very high recommendation from me.
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