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Different State – Enormous Components Of Motor Unit Vol.2 (Album – Zoharum)

By Oct 7,2020

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Genre/Influences: Industrial, Experimental, Minimal-Electronics.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: The last year released album “Enormous Components Of Motor Unit Vol.1” marked the return of Different State., This year we get a new opus from this project driven by Polish artist Marek Xavier Marchoff. Both albums were composed in a rather short period of time, but are introduced as totally different. The hexagonal format of the digipak remains however the same.

Content: I can’t say that this work is significantly different from its predecessor. The main sources of inspiration remain pretty similar, mixing experimental music together with industrial and ambient music. But this work is however more into electronic-minimalism. The 80s aspect of the production remains pretty identical as well, the last part of the album reminding me to Throbbing Gristle. I think there’s more vocals on this album, but here again there are similarities. 

+ + + : I definitely like the early 80s experimental and minimal electro touch running through the work. Songs like “Extra Terrestrre [Above All]”, “Crumbling Under The Feet Of Angels [Beaten Impulse]”, “Not Be Translated [Banded]” and “Gain More Clarity [Astro-Forecast]” are excellent parts. The retro touch sounds great, but I also like the spooky vocals on some of the cuts. Another efficient cut is the opener “Raccoon And An Owl [International Lodge]” for its more explicit industrial touch and its cold, repetitive loops. Last, but not least I once again like the special artwork/format of the digipak. 

– – – : The most experimental passages are once again not my favorite ones.

Conclusion: I definitely prefer this album instead of its predecessor. This is a diversified, minimal-like recording that will appeal for old-school industrial/elector lovers.

Best songs: “Crumbling Under The Feet Of Angels [Beaten Impulse]”, “Raccoon And An Owl [International Lodge]”, “Not Be Translated [Banded]” and “Gain More Clarity [Astro-Forecast]”.

Rate: (7½).

Artist: www.facebook.com/DifferentState

Label: www.zoharum.com / www.facebook.com/zoharum

 

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