Yney - "Micro Macro"
(Electroshock Records 2010, ELCD 060)
From Aural Innovations #42 (May 2011)
The second Electroshock label album from Yney picks up where their 2004 Antarctina album left off. I'll say right off that this is an adventurous album that brings together many contrasting elements in fascinating ways.
The album opens on a sparse note with Closed Lection, consisting of efx'd voices, noisy electronics and scratchy beats. But with Morn and Even the fun really begins. The music alternates between a spaced out groove and playful bouncy keyboard melody, almost Casio-like, all surrounded by rhythmic scratching, chirping birds and various other freaky sounds. I got the sense of blending cosmic hip-hop and motorik grooves. But in the last few minutes it transitions to a sound sculpture that blends field recordings from nature and a peaceful jazzy melody. Deep Sleeping Transportation starts off as a dark electronic space exploration and sound sculpture. But after a few minutes a jazzy grooving electric piano melody kicks in, not unlike Ray Charles, which sounds strange and cool alongside the racing radio wave beam and other sounds. Shortly after a bass takes over and, similar to Morn and Even, we've got quiet jazzy ambience mixed with multiple frenetic spaced out sounds.
Most of the other tracks are similar except for Assymetry and Generating of the Universe. Both are very good 10 minute electronic space and sound explorations, though Generating of the Universe gets into more structured orchestral territory. There is a LOT happening on this album, and many of the components Yney throw into the mix could very easily not work well together, and it's a testament to their artistry and craftsmanship that it does. The attentive listener will be rewarded.
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Reviewed by Spaceman33