Monomorph

Departure Can Wait

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This is only the second Monomorph album in six years, although the D'Arcangelo brothers, Marco and Fabrizio, have made a name for themselves and the Italian IDM scene with releases under their surname on Richard D. James' Rephlex label. Monomorph is not much of a stretch from D'Arcangelo's Shipwreck album. It utilizes the same complex beats and unpredictable analog melodies as its precursor, although the final mood of the former is notably more relaxed than the latter. In other words, while Shipwreck had a definite Aphex Twin quality to it, Departure Can Wait follows the vibe of Plaid and Autechre -- same genre, different nuances.

"D.O.M.O" and "Orange on Toast" both wrap haunting string arrangements around intricate beats that click and whirl like finely engineered machinery while "Sixtyst Nox" and the title track allow the beats alone to do most of the work. "Temae" and "Beat84" try to allow some jazz strut into the mix, but the results are meandering. The D'Arcangelo brothers are clearly at their most confident when creating strictly machine music that is devoid of outside references. As long as the pair stay plugged in, they are on par with the big dogs of IDM.

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