Impermanence is the name of this latest OKADA album, and the music manages to carry out the promise of the title. No element feels like it will stay in place for very long: even as a vocal, a piano line, or an electronic burr slides into view, it already seems to be fading again. The CD is released by the n5MD label.
CD £12.49 MD239
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Ah I remember this, the sleeve was so dark I almost threw it straight in the stock room hoping it would sell ok without being talked up. Then I listened to a soundclip and once I’d fast forwarded a bit there was some nice spliced up ambience and icy vocal to be consumed. The music swirls around like some extremely bleak person on 4AD in the early ‘80’s but these vocals are interesting. At first you would say it was Lisa Gerrard-like before some pitch shifting completely reconfigures your mind and you start to think of this like you would a sludgy slowed down Burial.
They aren’t afraid to mix it up - I was already startled by a drum & bass type beat trying to sneak its way into opener ‘Vulnerability’ when the black distorted drum noise of ‘Unrequited’ pounded my ears into submission. ‘Ruiner’ is kind of like Fly-Lo at 16rpm with woozy synths and sluggy beats creating an evocative swirl. Although I can hear nods to Haxan Cloak and Balam Acab this has a sound all of it’s own.
Just four tracks but they are all unusual and different from each other. As the rain lashed William Basinski style piano melancholy of ‘A Halycon Moment’ fades from view I’m very pleased I gave this a chance. you should too.
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