Umor Rex continue a prolific release period with another cassette of electronic explorations. This time it's a minimal workout for drum machine, synths and samplers. The result is a dynamic and detailed sound world with shades of Selected Ambient Works, electro and electronica influences and primitive era techno.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 01 November 2017
Beamed in from the South Western tip of Lake Geneva is this lo-fi tape from machine music purveyor Levels. Apparently that’s all we’re gonna get regarding the musician’s identity. This is the second video game-related tape to be reviewed this week, with each new track representing a new level in an imaginary game. Taking the whole ‘music for an imaginary film’ thing to new exciting territory, here.
These tunes are dusty, dusky and dubbed-out. Beats are almost always present, but are equally slow and sparse, while synth chords hover ominously on the horizon, obfuscated by clouds. As the layers build, they smudge together into dark vaporwave tones with white noise occasionally scudding across the sound field. I think those that like minimal artists such as Driftmachine or the degraded timbres of Burial (but with even the vocals stripped away) will be into this. Or just imagine Boards of Canada thrown into a trashcan (someone’s gotta) then having said trashcan rust in a hole for 40 years only to be unearthed and put into a car crusher. When you hear how noir the arps are here, all muted and shady, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
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