Album: Inward Structures
Genre: IDM, Electronica
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This is the debut album from Bruno Laborde's Normotone moniker. Apparently he has been involved in other projects such as Neon Cage Experiment. "Inward Structures" is a mixture of complex, clicky, IDM; organic atmospheres & melody; vocals; emotive, post rock sentiments, and a healthy dose of chaos & uncertainty.
+ The album opens up with "Some Few Words" which is a harbinger of what is to come. It begins with a nice, highly organic ambient section which slowly introduces glitchy elements until a beat surfaces and things start to plod along before it takes a turn towards chaotic IDM and a final descent into a long ambient outro. This track sets the tone of this album, as it introduces most of the elements you will be hearing for the next 12 tracks.
- The biggest flaw here is the composition. While the sounds are primarily good, the tracks typically lack flow and cohesion. A good bit of this record sounds like a tornado of random noises layered on top of each other with no driving force or purpose to guide it somewhere.
"Inward Structures" is a mixed bag for me. At times it sounds like a very organic version of the recent Access to Arasaka full length "void();" - with layer upon layer of sound swirling about in utter chaos with lack of solid form. At other times it sounds like straight forward emotional IDM with a touch of post-rock influence. There are many excellent elements utilized here, but the overall composition is inconsistent and does not retain my attention. While there are many things that happen during this record, too much of it feels absolutely sporadic and incoherent, and as a result I don't want to bother listening to it. If Normotone could work on the lackluster mixing and creating steady, driving elements (percussion, melodies) to glue these tracks together and give them a sense of direction, he could make some amazing music.
There are two remixes here, the first is a boring thing by Polygon which features neat auto-tuned vocals which don't fit with the bland music at all. The second remix comes from One Droid And Its Man, and it is a droning piece which meanders along slowly, complimented by slow, brooding drum hits. This feels kind of like some of the post rock stuff coming from N5MD, and though it's kind of boring and repetitive, it's not bad.