Label: Raumklang Music
Genre: IDM, Ambient
Debut album from IDM producer Cycler. Cycler provides an interesting downtempo trip with a focus on skillfully programmed melodic synthlines and lowkey beats.
+ The major thing to notice about this release is the excellent sound design of the melodic synths. Each track has a number of layers of (probably FM-based) synth-based elements, which pulsate with complexity and constantly mutate, adding movement and interest. He is able to take these sounds and morph them into catchy and dreamily nostalgic melodies. This alone makes Cycler stand out amongst the new crop of standard issue downtempo IDM producers.
A really good release. One of the main reasons I am drawn to IDM is the use of strange, complex noises & tones (wondering: "how the heck did they make that sound?") and turning this into listenable, atmospheric music - Cycler delivers exactly this. This reminds me of older IDM stuff, which is my favorite kind; the stuff that sounds like the dream of a hibernating machine. Fans of Eedl, Atmogat, Jega, early Arovane, etc. check this out! I will certainly be keeping an eye out for whatever else this guy creates in the future.