TO TRAVEL WITHOUT ANY CERTAIN DESTINATION: s/t CD Signifier
This is the latest project from Manos Chrisovergis, the man behind Hands Productions acts Libido Formandi and Last Days of S.E.X.
‘Ruins of a Naked City’ opens up with flanging esoteric guitar work leading into urban beats; it’s a different approach to what I expected and although competent does seem ever so slightly out on its timing. This is obviously unintentional and made it a little shaky for me as an opener.
‘Stranger in Common Places’ does pick up on similar beat-work to its predecessor, however has more focus with cut-and-paste IDM beeps and scratches complementing the background ambience; downbeat and effective throughout, the only example where this works on this album.
Thematically this does have an agenda; as stated before, in the manner of which the rhythms are presented this release does have a heavy urban feel and is effective at getting this across. This is cemented with a heavy use of field recordings that thankfully do not ponder like a lot of artists do when utilising such a tool.
This is a solid album knocked with a huge downside; the beat programming is where a lot of this release is let down. It’s an art to get sampled loops working effectively and as I mentioned previously there is more than one occurrence of rhythm cut too early and tripping over itself, lacking any coherence. Either that or the loops picked were a certain length and maybe rushing to completion, insignificant focus was paid to these elements individually.
TTWACD as a project should have avoided anything rhythmically speaking. The use of ambience and general musicianship displays enough talent alone, without the need to pander to any other audience.