Multiplex

Iroquois

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Number six in Piehead's "2002 Series" is the most mainstream release yet. While previous albums were scattered between free rock and heavily abstract electronica, Multiplex's Iroquois serves up a perfectly dancefloor-friendly slice of music -- is coconut pie (the flavor chosen for this release's artwork) sweeter? The one-hour program consists of ten new tracks plus five remixes (by ISDS, Spark, Ob, Guy James, and the Blameshifter) of previous Multiplex tunes. The music allies the insistent pulse of techno with the subtle hues of IDM, the warm feel of old German-school electronica, and a delicate touch of experimentalism, especially in the atmospheres. The result is highly palatable but slightly short in mouth -- or, if you prefer, quite entertaining but quickly forgotten. Highlights include the title track and the nicely menacing "The Monitors" (great mood here). Surprisingly, the remixes don't take listeners into new territories. If you don't glance at the track list, you probably won't be able to tell Multiplex's originals from the other contributions. Intelligent yet deceptively simple, Iroquois fulfills its duties. Released on CD-R in a limited edition of 311 copies.