Goddamn! I don't know what this is or how it came to be, but this, to me, is a breath of fresh air. I love everything about this album, from the airiness to the abrasive distorted drums, even right down to the album art, which is very reminiscent of the album art that you often find from Anarcho-punk bands, which is actually what grabbed my attention to this album after seeing it on Bleep.com.
So this is my first time hearing anything by Ekman, and I'm not so familiar with his earlier works, but what I must say is that he does particularly well with allowing the music to grow and breathe, the spacy synthesis, the in your face drums, then he cuts back were necessary to sparsen up the track a bit to then allow it to grow back, taunting you, hypnotizing you, lulling you back and forth.
It's hypnotic, dark, brooding, is dreamy also the right word? It's a fascinating piece of work here because I don't know how you can have dark and dreamy without it sounding like a nightmare, not that that's a bad thing. The pulsing drums are enough to grab your attention and toss you around or start of mosh pit.
Maybe I'm a bit late to the party as well because this is my first time hearing this kind of electronic music, after a little research it turns out that this style was particularly popular in the '90s, but Ekman carries this style deeply and close to his heart. I've read in an interview of Ekman that this kind of electronic is what really changed a lot of things musically for him, especially when he first heard the hit byI-F - I Do Because I Couldn't Care Less.
Still, though, I love the face grabbing drum rhythms, especially on "A Pastime For Semi Gods," the unforgiving distorted kick drum and snare. It kind of makes me want to go fuck shit up in a peaceful manner. Or, It makes me want to go fuck shit up peacefully on a manor. (Am I stoned?)
But on "Metamemory," the pulsing organ sample and the swelling guitar just put me in a place that might be somewhat similar to that scene in The Wall where Pink was floating in the pool, but of course, I wouldn't take it that far.
But again, those drums come in and rip your face off, followed by those amazing spacey, dreamy swelling guitars and synths.
Margin of Error is Dope
I think I'm going to be stuck listening to this for a while.
Good job, Ekman!