Aero

Pretend

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A green pasture with two blond children walking not a worry on their shoulders, the title, Pretend, and the artist's airborne moniker, Aero. This bucolic setting invites daydreaming. The music allows it in part only. Pretend alternates between short constructions of computer noises associated with data transfer (yes, those modem dial-up sounds again), and long, peaceful, tone-based pieces where there is nothing else to do than kick back, listen to the shifting phases of the sounds flapping away, and wonder about what might have been. In "Ommorro," the soft tones are polluted by some light crackling -- you may think you have a speaker loose or get the feeling you are listening to an LP. "All the Birds Have Built Their Nests Except for You and Me" allies both worlds, the elongated and the staccato, into a busier piece. "The Folding Musician" plays around with very short sound events, creating strange cascades. "V(area)tion" features no glitch tricks, only tones coming in and out of focus very slowly. Pretend is surprisingly devoid of ambition; it glides away, almost unnoticeable if you don't pay attention. Fans of experimental electro will find it enjoyable but maybe a bit too light. It doesn't suck you into its universe, but only rocks you to sleep.

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