Music Reviews

Artist: Aria Rostami (@)
Title: Uniform
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Audiomoves (@)
Rated: *****
This second release signed by San Francisco based sonic designer Aria Rostami titled Uniform has been introduced both as a remix album (although this release contains just three proper remixes) and as a follow up to his lovely debut album Form I spoke about some months ago just because while the latter was based on deconstruction of sound, the former concerns the reconstruction of it, but this approach centered on a totally different way of processing sound (or emotions...) could let think about something new coming from the same source for inspiration, the gentle and sometimes foggy slopes of Rostami's city. In spite of the importance of some compositional aspects, what really matters in my modest opinion is not a comparison between Form and Uniform, but the preservation of Rostami's intimate enchantment, which has kept his wholeness even though some matter has been processed according to different standards: psychedelic melodious breezes blow on field recordings, delayed piano touches, percussive tingles, stifled metallic sounds, so that all tracks sound like evoking a veiled feeling of opacified purity. It's clear Rostami's past experiences related to the production of scores for films in many moments of Uniform, even in those ones where he seems to fill sound machines' wires with laudanum ("Memorium: The Choir", "Triagnol" - what a lovely cameo! -, "White"), whereas in other moments his agglomerative sound (re)processing reminds some sonic artifacts by Arovane, Boards Of Canada or Bauri ("Midori", "Tokyo"). It's astonishing the way the three remixers kept remarkably high the psychedelic level and the daydreaming emanations, being my favorite ones the treatment Shawn Dickerson reserved for "Cleare": the mentioned remix let drip silicium and sugar from broken pipes carrying fuel for dreams, letting resurface some past listenings of mine such as some stuff by Norken Lee Norris, and the highly cinematic version of "Streetlights As Fairgrounds" by Saine.