by Isnaj Dui
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Staff review, 27 August 2009
'Unstable Equilibrium' is the new offering from Katie English a.k.a. Isnaj Dui on Home Normal records. It's very atmospheric, mood driven music created from heavily processed home spun loops and drones. Opener 'Towards Evening' is an immensely tranquil affair that shimmers and chirps it's way to infinity and beyond, it's incredibly peaceful music that could in no way upset or offend my palette. The rest of album is working equally as well for me. Various strange tones and sequences are introduced as the record progresses but nothing that alters the initial mood. Instruments are introduced and sonic's are embellished upon but a singular and effortless vision still remains. This is the ultimate late night headphones record in the vein of Aphex Twin's selected ambient works and such. Ignore the daft press release talk ('This music triggers for me a different experience with every listen. Maybe it will be the sound of a lonely alien crying on a tranquil moon, a field of singing flowers staring at the sun, or just my past dreams sailing away on an endless ocean.' - Ben Eshmade of Arctic Circle) and listen to me instead....this is really nice music. Check it out.
I was on a tranquil moon once and I heard a lonely alien crying, but he didn't sound like this because this album is gorgeous and lovely to listen to, whereas the alien just got on my nerves.
Isnaj Dui, the artist who sounds so much better than a lonely crying alien.