"Six Soviet Misfits" 2 CD
Genres: electronica, experimental electronica, IDM
Temporary Residence Limited
PO Box 11390
Portland OR 97211
Sep 22 - 28 2003
n' cutty, bleep n' blippy, chip n' choppy electronica reigns supreme
on Icarus' recent masterpiece, Six Soviet Misfits, and
why would we expect any less? After all, expectations only breed
disappintment, and that's what life's all about. But get me some
ointment, 'cause this ain't no disappointment. Six Soviet Misfits
is a compilation of three past Icarus releases, the UL-6
EP, the Soviet Igloo 12", and Misfits, a full
LP. All were released in 2002, and all are fine, fine, fine.
Those interested in experimental electronica with structure - both
rhythmic and melodic - are bound to find comfort in Icarus's
semi-claustrophobic walls of sound. Beats drift in and out as
ambiances and melodic clips are spread over the canvas of silence that
belies every musical work.
Both discs of this release are strong, flowing seamlessly and
beautifully. Tracks like "UL-6" and the positively
mesmerizing "Deutche Oper" are highpoints on the first half
of the release. "Benevolent Incubator" is also a very solid
slab of electro. On the second disc, "Kipperkun Scratch"
IDM and experimental electronica are the names of the games present
here - Icarus' complex beats and moody soundscapes will be
enjoyed by many. Offering two discs worth of this magical brand of
dark electro-garde, Six Soviet Misfits is one of the better
electronic albums of 2002.
[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2002]