Label: Tympanik Audio
Genre: Downtempo, IDM, Ambient
Debut album from IDM duo Known Rebel. Looks like Tympanik took a chance with this unknown act, with mixed results.
+ The general style is good and will appeal to a lot of people. Overall, Known Rebel goes for that chill, downtempo, pad-heavy with groovey beats sound. It's a little bit like Subheim or DNN. It's very accessible stuff while still being emotionally driven and meaningful.
- Despite pleasant sounds and a catchy style, the record still feels a bit amateur and 'standard', as is generally expected of a debut. Each song kind of plods along the same groove over and over without doing anything unpredictable or challenging. There aren't any spots of ear-catching programming, and the songs just kind of begin, go and end with no real tricks or frills. What I mean is that the song will start with 1 element of the song, then the others are slowly added at expected intervals. Once they're all there, they just go and go for a while, the beat drops, kicks back in with another melody and/or pad added for the second part of the track, then each element exits predictably until they all stop and that's the end (this is obviously a generalization - but you get the idea). Hopefully they can get a little more exciting on future work.
Known Rebel put up a solid debut album. While enjoyable to listen to, I doubt it's going to set any new standards. Still, these guys show a ton of potential on this record and I would wager that they are very likely to craft some fantastic stuff in the future. Keep your eye out for them. If you like chill, groovy stuff that you can put on in the background and won't have to pay too much attention to than check this out for sure. This is actually quite a good companion to the recent c.db.sn, as it seems to inhabit a similar sphere of emotional electronica, although this one is much less complex and more low-key.