Genre: experimental electronic,
-N, pronounced "minusn," is a Japan-based mp3
label specializing in experimental electronic music. All of their
releases are available in full, free of charge, on their website, and one
of their records (to be reviewed on indieville soon!) won a Qwartz
electronic music award recently. In
short, why aren't you at their website already?
Masaya Sasaki's Picnic Plan EP is
the eight release so far for this netlabel, and it brings on the type
of sparse, heavily experimental electronic soundscape music you might
expect. The EP starts with "meron," which pits a Fennesz-like
electronic blip clatter underneath a restlessly seething dialtone.
"vacillate," which follows, throws us a curveball because it's an
entirely different sonic texture - where spasmodic inconsistency was
the case in the first piece, chiming, relatively constant tone is on
tap here. "panic_plan" then hits us with a brooding, vibrating base
followed by ambience and gradually increasing noise. Beautifully
melodic "motion8" closes the disc out in more familiar territory, with
a discernible rhythm and mesmerizing tunefulness making it the most
accessible and instantly likable piece of music on here.
Picnic Plan is an excellent experimental
electronic EP; it's likely the most immediately enjoyable record of
its kind I've come across since Fennesz's Endless Summer.
And best of all: for the price of nothing, it can be yours. Get your
ass down to the -N website and hear what you've been missing; I'm not
urging you, I'm giving you an order.
MP3s all available at
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