Proem

No Carrier

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No Carrier is Proem's weaving together of electronic textures and the IDM sensibilities of interrupted expectations, broken percussions, and unlikely sounds. Proem's layered sonic backdrops are based on full and warm sounds, at times providing a darkness or lightness that suffuses the entire aural canvas. In this way, No Carrier may be reminiscent of acts such as the Boards of Canada. Proem does not leave it at establishing and modifying a noteworthy groove, instead painting upon this backdrop with glitches, pops, and hard percussion. These elements swing in and out of resolution to the scheme of a complex design. Analog playtimes and the odd well-placed piano melodies operate in these frameworks, drifting into the realms of lighthearted play ("Random Flatness of Bed Head"), simple haunting melodies ("Just Ashed on My Foot"), or the exploratory ("Hold You Like I Hold a Job"). This approach pushes the compositions beyond the realm of musical experiments or bedroom studio work -- the music takes on lyrical qualities and it becomes obvious that Proem has more of a message than merely trying to define another unique IDM sound (although it does achieve this as well). No Carrier may at first seem like another IDM act that sports all the usual tricks and techniques, but there is both more intelligence and feeling. One earnest listen to the emotion carefully injected into the details will warrant repeat visits.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
4:02
2
3:40
3
3:15
4
3:03
5
3:21
6
2:19
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