Wednesday, March 9, 2011

IDMf does it again...



I've been a downloading fool, lately. All legal - net labels mostly. The huge net of fishes I've dragged in has been spotty at best. Contagious beats a-plenty, yes; but inventiveness, originality, intrigue and daring are harder to come by.

I spend exactly no time at the IDM forums, but as a member I still get the emails announcing their new releases. Out of all the net labels, the unassuming IDMf label keeps putting out such high quality stuff - other labels would do well to take notice. A lot of it is not for me, the very heavy, the very dark; but now and then...

"Attraction to Light" lives up to it's name as well as the exquisite cover artwork (Fiona Boylen). When Power Stars Collide never tests your patience with his command over all things glitch, there's almost always something beautiful going on. The tracks often have the fanciful flight of that neon moth on the cover; following some stream of melodic thought, but in a free, elusive manner. The music is written for his much younger brother - from the sounds emitting forth, he loves him very much. Couple this tenderness with funky, glitchy beats, daydreamy idyll-esque moods, and the most fabulous array of sound choices, harmonies and sound samples, and you've got an album that will keep you tuned in for all it's shimmering 35 minutes; and reaching again for the play button. Well done. Go grab it - it's free! - SO

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