CD £7.99 DAN 001
CD on DISQ AN aka Alexandre Navarro. Edition of 100 copies in recycled paper sleeve.
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Alexandre Navarro condenses his name to AN for this outstanding ep of glitchy dreamscapes on his Disq AN label. Opening up with deep and moody synth exhalations dotted with rhythmical interference, the music immediately takes me back to mid to late 90's European electronica, sounding like a distilled concoction of equal parts Mille Plateau era Oval and Chain Reaction era Fluxion. Looking back, the 90s was a fertile period for electronic experimentalism, with the aforementioned labels/artists spawning subgenres like glitchtronica and dub techno- genres which inevitably turned into overcrowded cul de sacs populated by a legion of imitators.
Thankfully, while AN obviously falls broadly into the field of abstract ambient electronica, his music avoids any obvious generic pifalls and exudes its own sense of inherent originality. I'm not sure what process Navarro uses to construct his tracks but the thing I find so fascinating and addictive about this record is the mesmeric quality of the flickering soundfields he builds up from synth pads and short rolling loops. His use of glitches is also fresh, for example on 'Rite Végétal', a spectral percussive motif perfectly shadows the glitches of seesawing shruti box-like tones, sounding more krautrock than techno; that is until the track becomes increasingly fractured and the glitches are abstracted to Mark Fell levels of fragmentation before fading out under a swooping synth riff that's pure Vangelis. Throughout the disc, AN combines lush pads and blissful atmospheric overtones that bely the intricate intensity of the glitch-rich internal architecture. A sweet disc indeed that's very limited.
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