Album: Sound of Rebirth
Label: Impulsive Art
Genre: IDM, Ambient, Minimal
this album on discogs: here
"Sound of Rebirth" is a new album from prolific polish IDM/ambient producer Pleq. It's pretty similar to his other works: a melancholic combination of sad, minimal ambient atmospheres and idm percussion. "Sound of Rebirth" fits in with his other recent albums such as "My Life Begins Today" in that it is mostly percussion driven, yet more minimal than his early IDM works.
+ Pleq returns with all of his signature marks. His clicky, fuzzy percussion is back. His quiet, depressing ambiance is back. The somber melodies are back as well, and everything is in top form. His tracks always carry a pretty similar feeling to them, but he is amazing when it comes to delicate sounding, not too invasive, pensive soundscapes. I think the track title "A Very Gentle Death" sums up how this album sounds. Very beautiful atmospheres.
- Typically I love female vocals, but I can't stand the ones that appear on this album. There are two songs with two different vocalists, but I don't feel their styles nor deliveries fit with the music. They may been better with better recording/processing. His remix of Magnitophono also has vocals, and I dislike them, but I can't fault him for those. At least those are very sparse and therefore manageable. In contrast, on the track "A Very Gentle Death" there are some quite subtle vocal-ish sounds, and they fit well and sound great.
"Sound of Rebirth" works as a pretty good cross-section of Pleq's work. If you are new to him than this would be a good place to start. If you are familiar with his work than this is going to be more of the same, but the tracks themselves are well written and interesting. Great, depressive atmospheres as always. Definitely something to check out if you like the low key, minimal, somber, atmospheric ambient/IDM that's clicky but not too glitchy or technical. Looking at this on its own I would probably rate it an 8.5 or so, but when you take into account that it's not really very different from his other work, I have to give it a 7.5.
Overall Rating: 7.5-8.5/10