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"Seqsextend" CD


Genres: glitch, experimental electronic, soundscape

PO Box 1739
Kharkov 61204

Jul 19 - 25 2004

It seems Nexsound, the impressive Ukrainian experimental electronic imprint, can do no wrong.  I/DEX's Seqsextend album is Nexsound's eighteenth release, and it is living proof that label owner Andrey Kiritchenko is still on top of the glitch scene.  I/DEX's Vitaly Harmash, hailing from the fine country of Belarus (or Byelorussia, depending on your preferred Cyrillic interpretation), is Nexsound's latest find, and yet again it's a doozy.

Seqsextend will be classified as glitch, although its strong compositional structure makes for a remarkably accessible listen.  Harmash is no stranger to rhythm and melody, and while these tracks are often experimental in many respects, they still turn out very listenable.  The I/DEX style is typically quite relaxing, filled with comforting synths and lush, pulsating rhythms.  Even the most avant-garde moments tend towards accessibility - "Doc," as an example, confronts the listener with layers of shifting electronics, but is still somewhat tuneful and [beatlessly] rhythmic.

It is easy to say that most glitch music is boring, and to some extent it is quite true.  However, if anyone can honestly pass on Seqsextend after giving it a concentrated, thorough listen, they need to seriously reexamine their priorities.  Albums from Belarus are rare, but albums this good are rarer - I/DEX has produced something infinitely listenable with a genre that often strives to ward off most audiences ... take notice.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]