One from the autumn flurry of Constellation releases, Momentform Accumulations is an offering of instrumental experiments based around ambient, techno and noise, recalling the DJed post-rock of 1-speed-bike from back in the label's old days. Automatisme is the project of the Quebec-based artist William Jourdain, whose project spans back a few good years now. Of the three records being released in this batch, Momentform is the chilliest.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 September 2016
Prior to working here I had no idea that Constellation even released electronic music in any form. Yet here I am, sitting next to a pile of melted plastic bags listening to a soon-to-be-released angular ambient techno album that Robin apparently ‘didn’t understand’. And that’s coming from a philosophy graduate.
It’s almost a fair statement actually; at around track 2 there’s a real sense of disorientation through awkward machine polyrhythms and softly grinding sampled abrasions. Amongst the complex patter of clicky clacky percussion however are some brighter, dronier elements like the chill chord walls on ‘Simultaneite 3’ and the perhaps more looming murk on ‘Simultaneite 1’. There are some pretty danceable grooves too, which would get you dancing if anyone were brave enough to drop ‘Transport 2’ in a club, with its unevenly bouncing kicks sounding like a great breakbeat or dare I say IDM track. If IDM wasn’t the snobbiest genre tag on earth. This one has a great throwback feel to the glory days of Selected Ambient Works, til the end when it devolves into whirring bassy noise loops. Brilliant.
The tracks tend to go through quite natural-feeling transition periods, when one rhythmic loop will gradually die away and another sneakily takes its place. It’s sort of like the more beaty side of M Geddes Gengras under the Personable moniker but a bit more restrained, and with the grainy haziness of Echospace stuff like CV313. There’s a hint of Lnrdcroy in here too, and some nods to Line releases like NHK’s Program. It’s only his debut album too.
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