Monday, July 6, 2020
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Artist: mic&rob
Title: Archi Cons
Format: CD
Label: Amok Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
I couldn't find much on this duo from France. The label describes them thus: 'mic&rob is live experimental electro-dub-jazz techno music by Nicolas Boutines and Pascal Gully.' Yes. That clears things up. So let's dive right in. 'Allegro' kicks it off with glitchy music reminiscent of 8-bit video games and toy voice box synthesis over warbling, heavy bass drone. It's fun, but at over 18 minutes it seems to go on a bit too long. Next up, we have 'Adagio,' which reminds me of Negativland's sample-heavy music, only without the humor or political commentary. We have snippets of Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring,' but performed through a slowly disintegrating midi file, which is then joined by samples of the horns from Masterpiece Theater, and eventually a children's choir joins in the ruckus. "Menuet" gives us some of the 'electro-dub-jazz techno' as we even have something of a beat here, although it is not really much you could dance to. Heavily processed voices mix with the occasional clear sample (e.g., 'the bass drum'). Finally, we have 'Rondo,' with clattering noises and percussion throughout, which seems to slow down over the course of the song. There's a lot going on here, but I found it to be less engaging than the rest of the album. Thankfully, this was the shortest track on the album. Overall, this was a pleasant listen. This album weighs in at around 55 minutes.


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