Album: Embark On Departure
The new album from Autoclav1.1, entitled Embark On Departure would be more aptly named "continuing the departure", for Autoclav1.1 has developed and established a very recognizable sound and style, from which he deviants little on this record. My favorite records of his were the IDM-y Visitor Attractions and the brilliant, I guess you could call it, "post-industrial" record Loves No Longer Lives Here. His work seems to have gotten a bit lighter and more streamlined since then, and though he has long since ditched the IDM style percussion, he retains the melancholy atmosphere, focus on piano melodies, and steady, upbeat drum loops.
+ All the good stuff from the last few albums re-appears here as well: the catchy, beautiful, sad piano parts; the light, sombre pads; the upbeat drums (sounds like an acoustic kit) pushing the songs along. He has found a good balance for these sounds and they all sit together and intertwine perfectly. Great atmosphere that is more akin to post rock, though sans guitar (n5md fans should dig it). Good, even production.
A solid album, which is very much is a continuance of the last few he has been doing. Not my favorite, but not a bad place to start if you're unfamiliar with the artist. He has a great style that is instantly recognizable and unique, definitely someone whom you want to own a few albums by. If you liked the last few and are looking for more, check this one out. The only negative thing about it is that he has kind of been there done that.