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- Apex Ideals by Hobo Cubes
9/10 Ant Staff review, 06 February 2014
Looks like I was l was late to the Hobo Cubes party having just looked at the man’s extensive discography. My introduction to Montreal's Francesco De Gallo’s music came by way of a track on a Digitalis compilation and also a split tape with Rolling Acre’s on Opal Tapes. Like many of his contemporaries, this chap cut his electronic music teeth with micro-run edition cassettes and CDr’s circulating throughout the underground on a shit ton of labels. ‘Apex Ideals’ is I believe his first album to be released on wax, courtesy of Debacle and his second release for the label.
From opener ‘Structures In Stasis’ we’re beamed deep into the future with unsettling machines creating a disorientating paranoid soundworld were the machines have risen and taken over. Then glistening ambient textures, slow malfunctioning machine rhythms and a real spooked lost in space floating feeling along with pristine reflective metallic surfaces via big shifting droney textures evoking half remembered dreams of a future dystopia. Some of the slightly “glitchier” moments perhaps recalling Autechre or Chris Douglas at their mellowest the more intense moments reminiscent of Metasplice but more refined.
This is one huge introspective sci-fi dream expertly realised into sound. A whole other world to be transported to which requires no effort at all, just sit back and let it do it’s thing. It’s not easy to write about this record as I keep getting sucked into the zone and have to repeatedly drag myself out to hit the keys, which is surely a testament to how vivid and engaging ‘Apex Ideals’ is. Great electronic music - A keeper for sure.
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