Genre/Influences: Minimal-electro, techno-body.
Background/Info: Mannequin Records owner, Alessandro Adriani strikes back on Stroboscopic Artefacts after his previously released EP “Embryo”. “Morphic Dreams” is his second full length album, which comes after his “Montagne Trasparanti” released in 2016 on Monofonus Press.
Content: “Morphic dreams” is a minimal- and modern electronic creation, which is mixing multiple elements. The tracks are supported by pretty space-like atmospheres. It has a retro-feeling and a kind of homage to some electronic pioneers. But there also is a refreshing and contemporary input, which sounds more into technoid arrangements while solid bass lines will appeal for EBM lovers. One of the most surprising cuts is “Dust/Mist” on, which the artist is collaborating with Simon Crab (involved with Bourbonese Qualk during the 80s).
+ + + : I like the vintage sound treatments running through the album, which are characterized by deep-space like atmospheres and impressive effects. The low, resonating bass lines are solid and injecting a dark touch to the work. I especially like the open-minded sound spectrum of this work resulting in original songs. “Dissolving Images” is for sure one of the highlights, but I also have to mention “Invisible Seekers”. This track features spooky, whispering vocals while the frenetic rhythmic is the perfect formula to get a boiler room on fire. I’m also pleased by the pretty evasive “Dust/Mist” and the surprising collaboration with Simon Crab; Bourbonese Qualk remaining to me one of the 80s cult projects when it comes to experimental/industrial music.
– – – : Both final songs are a little bit disappointing.
Conclusion: Alessandro Adriani hasn’t reinvented any music style, but he successfully merged different influences together. This is an interesting opus with a few outstanding cuts.
Best songs: “Dissolving Images”, “Invisible Seekers”, “Raindance”, “Storm Trees”.