Andrea Parker

Melodious Thunk

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Before releasing the somewhat disappointing album Kiss My Arp, Andrea Parker put together this rather excellent EP for MoWax. Markedly downbeat, the four excursions here are background chill-out songs with sinister charm. "Melodious Thunk" sounds like Autechre with a pulse. This particular pulse is made up of repeated rhythms and throbbing, punched melodies that make for laid-back instrumental electronic music. "Fallen Arches" continues in a similar vein but slows the beat down a bit, for more of a Kruder & Dorfmeister feel. "Atacama Giant" is more of the same, though it adds a Detroit techno sheen and ominous bass sounds. "Melted Shoe" blends industrial sound effects with a heartbeat bassline and twitching synth tones. The song owes more than a small debt to Aphex Twin's Analogue Bubblebath series of releases. At least Parker adds organic-sounding instruments to the mix. Kiss My Arp would have been a better album had Parker maintained the subtle textures on display in this fine, accessible EP.

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