Joseph Fraioli’s recent revival of his Datach’i recording moniker continues with the project’s eighth studio album. Bones was written in the aftermath of the death of Fraioli’s father, leading to an intimate and spare album, but still one that deals in his trademark of exploratory electronica. On Timesig.
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Where's the confluence of Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works' and Autechre's 'Chiastic Slide'? Well, it's here in the form of Datach'i's new record 'Bones'.
'Bones' is a record that can occupy many spaces. There's a minimal techno vibe that wouldn't sound out of place at a club, introspective ambient flavours, gently hectic glitch moments such as 'Drone Maze', and the more traditional IDM of 'Akemies'.
What I love about this record is Datach'i's ability to strip an arrangement down and just let it breathe. 'Bones' is a sparse record, with much of it consisting of one or two choice synth lines and percussion that could so easily take centre-stage but doesn't. This is no mean feat considering the intricacy of some of the rhythms.
I'm always heartened when someone can make something so ostensibly soulless and machine-like as a modular synth system sound so intimate and beautiful. This is partly, I think, due to the influence that the death of Datach'i's father had on 'Bones'. The music is elegiac in places and always really beautiful. It's not all wistful meditations, though, and there are times where 'Bones' offers a baleful glimpse into the outer reaches of heavier, more aggressive electronic music. Datach'i is saying "yeah this is nice, but don't you get comfortable".
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