I8U

B

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In accordance to the letter of the alphabet, B is Montreal electronic artist I8U's second album. The fact that it was released on Bake records, a label distributed by Staalplaat, gives clear indication as to what path this music explores. References to the German/Austrian experimental electronica scene (Thomas Brinkmann, Fennesz, etc.) and the Finnish duo Pan Sonic are definitely in order. I8U fashions sound instead of "sounds." She builds slow, evolving soundscapes of buzzes and clicks tailored to fill your listening room, resonate between your walls and inside your chest. This half sound installation/half electro culture sound is not really new by 2001, but this artist does it well. Using a handful of field recordings, digital and analog machinery, she succeeds in creating hypnotic pieces that swallow you whole without becoming alienating. A couple of tracks flirt with noise-based sound art (think Francisco Lopez), but in general B stays more on Pan Sonic's playground, although it is less concerned with rhythm. I8U's technique and artistic vision do not sound fully matured, but they hold promises worth checking this album out.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
I8U
6:26
2
I8U
6:36
3
I8U
10:40
4
I8U
7:09
5
I8U
5:40
6
I8U
7:09
7
I8U
6:01
8
I8U
4:34
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