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Emre (Dark Matter)

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A project directed by SouRce Research Recordings' Ian Mackinnon, Emre (Dark Matter) has at its basis a proposition to work on darkness and light. The resulting gloomy album of avant-garde electronics shows that selected artists decided to concentrate on the former. Each track was created for the purpose of this album and one of its strengths is its cohesion. SouRce Research opens and closes the album with two short pieces of bleeping electronics. Cyclobe contributes a demented track, haunted by cat-like supplicating meows and claustrophobic atmospheres: delightfully deranged, although very restrained decibel-wise. Andrew Poppy's "Blind Fold" brings anticlimactic contrast with its stripped-down electric piano piece. The sparse notes and erratic playing recalls pianist Ernesto Diaz-Infante (but deprived from his usual serenity). This piece is much more convincing than Poppy's CD Time at Rest Devouring Its Secret. COH gets very close to musique concrète while Leif Elggren's association with SouRce Research gave birth to a disquieting piece of soft hiss, burbling electronics, and treated voice (reminiscent of Elggren's "Mother!?" on the Ash International compilation album Hiss). Coil blends noise with electronics, samples, and a male voice reciting "As I fell into the water, I slipped and broke my aura": the album's highlight. Ovum provides a slice of noise before the soft closing electronics. Emre (Dark Matter) is a compelling journey into the darkest regions of the psyche, demented cutting-edge electronic experimentation, and one of the strongest compilation albums in this field. Very strongly recommended.

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