Genre/Influences: IDM, experimental, industrial.
Background/Info: QOD is a brand new Italian duo set up by Moreno Padoan (owner of Xonar Records and involved with Artcore Machine) and Andrea Belluci (who you probably know from his involvement with numerous projects such as Red Sector A, Dioxide, Nerva…). “Absequence” is the debut album of QOD.
Content: QOD deals with an experimental electronic approach, but still with a sophisticated composition. “Absequence” is characterized by sound creation, numerous effects and noise treatments. The tracks are driven by a slow and sometimes irregular cadence. You however will notice a few harder and bombastic kicks, which sound like beating drones.
+ + + : “Absequence” reflects all the maturity from this duo, which clearly excels in great sound treatments. It’s minimal, experimental, but first of all an intelligent creation. Padoan and Belluci clearly reveal themselves as truly sound architects. It’s the kind of work that might appeal to lovers of leading labels such as Ant-zen and Hands. I like the progression running through the tracks. The heavier sounding “2C (Collateral Clouds)” injects some diversity and appears to be a perfect track to play live.
– – – : The experimental format of the work is not made to conquer wider audiences, but QOD clearly sounds as a project for a restricted number of fine tasters.
Conclusion: I’m not saying that QOD is the ultimate experience in IDM and related music genres although it totally matches with the visionary approach of this music genre. I can only encourage QOD to work on new tracks.
Best songs: “2C (Collateral Clouds)”, “Dazed Cube”.