Friday, April 13, 2018

Music Review:
Daniel Ruane
(Infinite Machine)

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This begins with these magical synth builds, but quickly switches gears to electronic madness.  Between drum machines and other sounds this is rapid fire with one sound after the next and it really caught me off guard how drastically it changed in such a short period of time but this is brilliant.    It has that glitch feel to it, which I'm familiar with based upon my owning several different stereos in the late 1990's which would hold three to six CDs at a time and eventually they would break and sound similar to this.   It's just that broken pinball machine feel as well with an added amount of sharpness for good measure.   Those drum machine beats keep pounding away, as if they're kicking you while you're down.  

"Twitch" reminds me of the soundtrack to a movie I can't quite place.   It's something fast moving like that Jason Statham movie where he couldn't slow down.   But you just imagine sequences in the movie- someone comes home so your hear the door open, then close behind them, then they drop their keys down onto the table, open the fridge, pop the top on a can of beer, turn the tv on-- and all these sounds come together in a matter of seconds.   It's happened in movies and that's what this reminds me of and it's great.    Can electronic music be skramz because I feel like this is a hybrid of the two.

The last minute or so of the first song is that magical synth growing.   It builds within this electronic swarm of insects as well and I'm going to type about the next tracks as well but it seems somewhat futile.  If you are not going to listen to "Twitch" based upon that first song then there is no hope left for you.    "Surface" takes on a more spatial sound now, more like we're floating along in space than that electronic assault from the first track, yet still rewarding in its own way.  

Distorted beats abruptly cut off to end the second song and into the third now we have some laser synth type waves starting and stopping, crashes and all around electronic typewriter noises which make me feel a bit more like that first track only slowed down a little.    This third song is like the bridge as the first one hit hard, the second slowed down a little and now we're picking things back up here.    "Agiel" keeps that pace moving with clicks and beats in a faster speed now.     This mechanical idea stays alive as the last track shoots out electronics like a machine gun.   This is not the type of album you want to miss because it will only grow better in time.  

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