With Formed Verse, Japan's Neina immediately established itself as name to watch on the Mille Plateaux roster. Though the group's work fits into the clicks + cuts "glitch" scene characterized by artists like Pole and SND, Neina's is a warmer, more organic aesthetic closer to the world of Brian Eno than it is dub or minimal techno. Most of the sonic space on Formed Verse is filled with effervescent drones, and the digital pops and distortion that weave in and out generally serve as accents rather than representing Neina's overall philosophy. Exceptions to Neina's gentle, hypnotic approach like "Thinker," a harsh track filled with ominous noise, tend to break up the flow of Formed Verse. The collective shines brightest when sculpting womb-like soundscapes. "Symmetry" gently blends a patch of backward feedback with chirping distortion, creating an effect like a field recording from a parallel universe. Though a few tracks grate, the best moments of Formed Verse reveal Neina to be one of the more interesting experimental ambient groups going.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Richardson