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LD50 review of Open Aeon
September 7, 2006
The new trend in darkelectro (cause yes, even darkelectro has one), the shamelessly tooling along isn't really represented in Australia. Empty wouldn't stand in the row either, that's one reason to listen to them. Subtly composed elements and clear-out quality are its greatest virtues.
They were trying their wings with Tron, and after that they created Empty, as a personal venture of the two fanatic australian, Aaron Potter and Daniel Brunet, under their own steam. If you read the acknowledgements in the booklet, you can see how ethusiastic these guys are, and the result is a positively exactingly served cyber-darkelectro project.
You can tell they are designers on weekdays, but there's no problem with the music either, as long as we don't except a miracle. The first impression makes us think of a calmer FLA, and because of the lots of vocoders, and also of the spectacular gasmasks one associates them with Dismantled. The difference is in the tempo and in the atmosphere: luckily, Empty doesn't want to be the most aggressive madman in the scene, they put the accent on the soul.
The opening movement (that has a video that is full of clichés but for the possibilities quite clever) is at the same time an ars poetica with its clear-out - sometimes even too clear - sad, radioactive sound. Another good point is that one of the most commonly used effect by the genre, the usage of movie quotes (you know, the movie conversation-music-movie conversation thingy) is reasonably restricted. Those who might miss it can get it in the Torn/Alone pair. If I have to pick one favourite off the album, it would be Blue with its emotional retro-electronics, and there's a badass remix of it too.
It's a lucky thing, that the guy who mixed the album is none other than Charles Fenech (Angel Theory) who manages the scene in Australia, and the very characteristic remix of Blue seriously upgraded the album. It is a clever, clear project: it doesn't follow the trend, but it doesn't stand out much either, it will easily give a nice time to the lovers of the genre.
I'm looking forward to hearing the album.
Rating: 7.5 / 10 (75%)