Single Unit

Family of Forces

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This is Are Mokkelbost's first release as Single Unit, and judging by everything from the densely constructed music to the wordless, white-on-black album art that accompanies it, it's quickly apparent that there's a very clear vision behind this project. Made up of intricate and constantly active beat programming, textural computer blips and scrapes, and industrial metal guitars, these 16 tracks (all instrumental) are full of the kind of obsessive detail and layering that makes headphone listening ideal and really almost necessary to catch everything that's happening. The music could alternately be described as modern industrial metal run through an Aphex Twin-style drum'n'bass meat-grinder, or vice versa -- it all depends on one's point of view. Emotionally, this album projects a feeling of tension and cold paranoia that runs much deeper than, say, your typical industrial goth Nine Inch Nails knockoff, as the uneasy harmonies and creepy keyboard melodies help create an isolated, dystopian mood that settles right in the pit of one's stomach. This is not an album for casual listeners, but for those willing to give themselves up to Single Unit's unsettling and futuristic sound world, it's well worth it.

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