Ninja Tunes Rec. Amon Tobin : Isam (US,2011)****'
Years ago, when hearing Amon Tobin’s release in a shop, I was surprised by its dynamisms and movements. Amon Tobin has a vision on the mixing desk and DJ equipment and techniques, like a musician, he is more like playing with sounds becoming compositions. When I saw his latest work had a show (which I just missed) with a computer programmed 4D sculpture of design with the music I was amazed at the results. This stage project was designed in conjunction with Blasthaus, VSquared Labs, Vita Motus Design, Leviathan and others, with a result that could only be made with the latest developments of techniques and with an aesthetic result in our times, this became a must-see. THIS is the kind of project that should be in the newspapers instead of all the nonsensical primitive rock repetitions of all that happened before but better, or than to the fashion-based preposterous decadent commercialities of the slut-divas gossiping, a project like this is a contribution to the modern world. For this reason I had to mention this new album, which has all qualities of a vividly moving sound again, not in the same way as I heard it on “Supermodified”, which also knew almost psychedelic movements in composition, this evolved onto something different. I also preferred to go for the limited book with photographs of insect sculptures by Tessa Farmer. They are printed a bit dark, but it’s still nice to have this added.
I had to listen a couple of time to the album to discover and understand the process behind it. The dynamics progressed inwardly, the compositions evolve between an open and more experimental structure of improvisation to more rhythmical dynamics, and also some song contexts or singing is added in a few tracks. The sound dynamics are broadened but it’s not just effect and all that, the rhythmical progressions and surrounding arrangements gives it enough vivid and vibrant evolution. Great is that some acoustic elements were used, and sounds that aren’t too harmonious or that are irregular which give these a more natural beginning when using them with the drier and more exact use of electronics and keyboards. There are handclap alike dynamics (5), a couple of pingpong broadenings, here and there a pop ability context. Great to hear in the last tracks is when synths are used the sounds are warm, between glockenspiel, vibraphone and electric-piano and glass-like sounds. A rewarding soundtrack alike album.