Proem

Burn Plate, No. 1

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With Influences obviously owed to the early Warp catalogue, this Hydrant Music release and full-length debut sees Richard Bailey (aka Proem) deal in the same clipped-up, hyper-melodic strains as Aphex Twin's earlier outings. Although his fascination with static-tickled rhythms and pulsing melodies is in full evidence, Bailey yields his best results when he maintains enough singularity of vision to see a thread through to complete fruition. As such, the tracks that build on a single coda ("Peas in Olive Juice," "Old School Pudding") are generally the most rewarding. Unfortunately, too many of the cuts here are marred by a sort of attention deficit disorder; Bailey's trigger happiness renders most of Burn Plate No. 1 too frenetic and too unfocused to rate as anything more than garden variety IDM.

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