Emotions are Desert Islands
Parisian minimalist outfit aAirial makes a splash with a new full length album, featuring a lush landscape as the cover. Slow digital impressions weave their way into existence, bringing Intro into being. The track reveals depth far superior to the entirely accurate but none-the-less unimaginative track title. Perhaps a subtle irony is drawn upon for the surprise but when the track closes down to allow Squares to take over, more electronic and experimental slow tempo brilliance shines from the sound system.
Almost as if the slowing down of the pace has allowed the music to utilise the multi-directional quality of what computers can do with sound waves, every pulse to the rhythmic but discordant compositions stands in a space of its own and the airy delivery acts like a plinth which magnifies each little nuance. It's artistically mixed, and the choices of sample and voice sit either side of a pool. One crisp and tranquil, like a reflection in still waters, and one frothy and distorted much like the reality and all the baggage which a mirror cannot perceive. The noise behind the purity of light and the balance between both realities.
Atmosphere plays a strong role in what this music is aiming to achieve. Tricky phrases that flow like liquor over ice, splashing and taking novel paths to the same end, make heady backdrops for continual and clever beats laid down by what resembles an archaic machine. Short few minute numbers mean that the boredom doesn't have time to truly raise its head. When music is left to the bare bones, and avoids the use of words and overpowering musical flurry, it can drag. This doesn't.
It's a relaxing album that makes use of the space in inventive and new ways but stays well within the lines of pleasant. Skilfully sculpted music is not made from the raw rock, but pieced together from nothing with sonic ingredients, minimalist music really demonstrates this principle and Emotions are Desert Islands makes a fine example.