V/Vm

V/Vm

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After a string of more straightforward IDM and glitch releases, Piehead closed its 2002 limited-edition series with a return to experimentalism. Yet, don't let the steak and kidney pie on the cover fool you -- the music presented here is never that robust. Likewise, forget the noise assaults and quote-heavy pastiches usually associated with V/Vm's productions, as on this untitled release the artist presents ambient tracks that range from disquieting to cute. The cuteness is inherent to track eight's dedicatee: Elton John. The tune may be a muzak reading of one of his hits -- it sure sounds plausible. The other pieces stick closer to drones and strange ambiences. Track five sounds like the devil's orchestra endlessly tuning up. Track seven features an aggressive rhythm track and distorted sounds that amount to something quite cacophonous. Track four is just as chaotic, but controlled. Its piano and percussion tracks strongly evoke Frank Zappa's Synclavier compositions. If it seems like this CDR culls unrelated tracks, it is not the case. The album shows surprising cohesion. If the listening is challenging, it rewards and, in the end, makes sense -- enough to press play again and still be surprised. It is not V/Vm's most memorable work, but it is strange enough to justify the effort required to find it.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
5:35
2
3:15
3
4:01
4
2:05
5
3:46
6
3:52
7
3:52
8
4:37
9
5:08
10
3:58
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