Secret Agent Gel

P as in Peter, F as in Frank

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Secret Agent Gel has created a truly expansive sonic work with P as in Peter, F as in Frank. Secret Agent Gel's P as in Peter, F as in Frank mixes ambient textures with a sort of Mille Plateaux-like style of clicks + cuts rhythm. Actually, the rhythms are fused together quite well with the more traditional sounds of the bass drum and snare. The album can easily be considered as a cross-genre gem that covers IDM, ambient, electro, and even more of the experimental realm of early electronic music. This last aspect of electronic experimentation is further brought to life by a handful of electronic gadgets that Secret Agent Gel has invented himself. The one instrument that comes to mind is his specially designed optical theremin. While Secret Agent Gel uses it sparingly, he inserts it in the music at just the right places. P as in Peter, F as in Frank is an excellent work that is refreshing and organic. It breathes with a freshness and a hi-fi quality that many of the recordings in the IDM genre seem to lack.

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