En Route

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Reminiscent of synth-pop and European industrial, Don Kline's second full album as Esion is a deft, accomplished work focused on innovating the musical form of singer/songwriter electronica. Kline ranges much farther than most in search of new musical fusions, moving from the dreamy ambience of "Xero-G" to the electronic samba of "13 Machine" to the breakbeat-techno pastiche of the instrumental "Unoquattro." A sense of minor-chord melancholy imbues many tracks, contributing to En Route's overall mood and cohesiveness. This solid album balances the playful experimentation typical of Kline's productions with a voice capable of many subtleties, and the artist's arranging sense ties these two elements together with no visible seams.

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