CD: Triumvirate 
delicate opening pads of 'Scent' give little hint of the intricate
patterns of noise that are to follow on "Nexus", an 11-tracker
from sound sculptor Radial
hails from the wonderfully-named Bohemia, New York. The CD packaging evokes
images of glacial ice sheets, and the music follows suit - gleaming crystalline
layers, cold and translucent, sometimes fragile and beautiful and sometimes
treacherous and jagged. 'Shattering Teardrops' illustrates this
counterpoint both in name and in construction, pitting iridescent droplets
of sound against a violent, syncopated rhythm. 'Splinters' comes
close to achieving dancefloor-friendliness, but the contrast between its
ambient passages and its frenzied, tribalistic percussion segments would
surely dissuade all but the most persistent clubbers. On others, 'Epithet'
for example and 'Falling Stars', the duality is less pronounced,
but the hammerdrill rhythms are disjointed enough to play no functional
role beyond perhaps the induction of trancelike states in the listener.
It seems our protagonist is aware of this, as 'Liberation - remix'
(the original is not provided for comparison) brings things back towards
the realms of techno, albeit cold and abstract techno. Lovers of atonal
rhythmic experimentation, chilling ambience and percussion for percussion's
sake will not be dissapointed here.
[Radial] / [Triumvirate]
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