Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Proem "A Permanent Solution"

Artist: Proem
Album: A Permanent Solution
Label: n5MD
Release date: 1 May 2007
Genre: Electronic
Style: Glitch/Ambient Techno/Ambient

01. Blacker The Berry
02. Secret Knots
03. Dual Carrier
04. Newskrewl
05. When Things Fall Apart
06. Sputterfly
07. A Permanent Solution
08. Awake At 4AM
09. Ctimsells
10. Wall Of Knives
11. Wall Of Knives 2
12. Deepmagix
13. Give It Back
14. Social Pirhana
Total running time: 53' 25"
"Richard Bailey posts another bulletin from the cutting edge of IDM with this latest album, "A Permanent Solution". The n5MD label certainly seem to be waging a campaign to keep the ailing genre alive, and there's no denying that an artist of Proem's pedigree and undoubted programming skill is one of the current champions of the scene. Although beats are crisp and detailed, it's significant that the greatest asset in these productions seems to lie with the depth of Bailey's more atmospheric elements. The oceanic layers of synths and liquid ambience are what's key here, and you can hear the richness of these more amorphous elements on 'When Things Fall Apart' and 'Sputterfly'. As a body of work, A Permanent Solution is comparable to late period Arovane or the more cinematically-inclined works of Bola. Regardless of whatever fashion or fad might dictate in electronic music, it's still nice to hear that not everyone's intent on following the pack, and if there is such a thing as a forward thinking IDM record in 2007, this sure sounds like it." [source]


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