Thursday, August 27, 2009

ikon review by textura magazine

After split releases with Mescalina Eden (Gracetone, 2005) and Good Luck mr Gorsky (Granny, 2008) and a few compilation appearances, Eventless Plot steps out with its debut full-length ikon. On the forty-minute disc, the Thessaloniki, Greece-based trio generates electro-acoustic pools of processed electronics, field recordings, microsound textures, samples, and the acoustic sonorities of clarinet, piano, melodica, and guitars in six heavily-textured settings.

“Ideate. Words Cannot,” a slow-motion ambient workout of processed stutter and fuzz, provides a credible opener, if one not much different in character from electro-acoustic settings of its kind heard before. Much of what follows, on the other hand, is distinctive, in large part because many of the subsequent pieces use one or two acoustic instruments as their core. “Harck Back” sounds wholly unique in its marriage of clarinet meander (by Tasos Stamou) and space age electronics. There's a rhythmic pulse at work but it's more felt than stated, and the piece crawls along at a lumbering pace—all the better for the clarinet and electronics to pursue their explorative trajectories. In similar manner, a brooding piano motif occupies a central position in “Ikon.3,” acting as the glue holding together the speckled electronic dust that sputters, clicks, clanks, and pops throughout. The electric guitar takes its turn at center stage in the album's densest setting, “Paraccium,” as a cauldron-like broil writhes alongside guitar shadings and, again, clarinet playing. Though speckled with acoustic guitar fragments, “Two Season and Autumn” is reminiscent of the shape-shifting processions of manipulated sounds that flow through Entain and Multila's long-form tracks—until, that is, a loud whirring noise nearly swallows “Two Season and Autumn” whole.

Though the penultimate piece, “Habitat Habitant,” a heaving cloud formation of electronics and processed sounds, reverts to the protoypical “glitch” focus of “Ideate. Words Cannot,” its doing so doesn't overshadow the individuating quality of the album's surrounding material. Ultimately, one could just as easily imagine 12k releasing ikon rather than Granny, given the album's atmospheric and sculpted character. Still, what sets the release apart from others in its category is its inspired incorporation of acoustic instrumentation.


Blog Archive