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Daniel Lopatin’s Software label is a strange beast. At first it looked to be an outlet for dance music primarily but as it’s matured the label has naturally veered toward Sound Art territory with Sculpture being a primary example of the shift.
Sculpture’s music is a difficult one to decipher let alone dissect and translate into words. The duo came about from a chance meeting between British musician Dan Hayhurst and New Zealand animator Reuben Sutherland and using algorithmic practices they’ve created a bizarre analog/digital hybrid that is as unique as it perplexing. I get the impression that they rely on these practices to guide the music, giving it an unhinged improvised feel that seems a little out of control at times though is all the more intriguing as a result. The music bubbles and bounces in a skitterish manner momentarily finding it’s feet before tripping over it’s own advanced methods and practices.
Tonally everything I’m hearing satisfies the ear but it’s the unhinged arrangements that are breaking my brain. No bad thing mind, it’s just matter of repeat listens and a little patience which, I reckon, will be totally worthwhile. Also worth mentioning the distinctive design work and colour scheme of the sleeve and vinyl. You can tell there’s a visual artist on board.
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