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Envisioning Abstraction: the Duality of FluiD


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sonomu Review of Duality

FluiD - 'Envisioning Abstraction: The Duality of FluiD' (Alrealon Musique)

"...First actual compact disc from French-Swiss-American label Alrealon Musique, a digital delivery system since 2008 determined not to be pigeonholed by anything but its own taste and recognition of talent.

FluiD is from Chicago but has obviously long been breathing in the fumes floating over the Atlantic from the various fires lit by Kevin Martin over the years (Techno Animal, The Bug). FluiD´s is a big, rusty dub, machinery suffering from metal fatigue, pressed into one final push before the Four Horsemen ride in. Envisioning Abstraction has a nasty, growling demeanor, but a well-developed melodic sensibility, which even reveals itself as quite sweet on 'Dread Futures'. Although sampling freely, only 'Iron Communique' features lyrics, composed and chanted through a slaughter of guitars by Black Saturn.

 There´s something distinctly global about FluiD´s record, which has nothing to do with resorting to plucking exotic sound flora. A piece like 'The Absent Present' seems urgent to address everybody everywhere in a kind of musical Esperanto.

 FluiD´s pieces generally get straight down to business, communicating volumes in three to five minutes where others would stretch a less interesting idea to far greater length with much less impact. (In fact, his longest track is his least successful.) This is what makes 'Envisioning Abstraction' a great album, one Kevin Martin is probably listening to..."

Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 20:20, 12 Aug 2011

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