Genre/Influences: IDM, experimental, cinematographic.
Background/Info: RecFrag is a Belarusian solo-project driven by Dmitry Nikolaenko. He previously released a digital debut-album “Burning Rime” (2015) on Solanic plus a few digital EP’s. The project is now signed to Aliens Production, which will hopefully give more exposure to this interesting project.
Content: “Recovered Fragments” definitely features some of the familiar ingredients you can directly hear when listening to Aliens Production-releases. There’s a similar taste of electro-minimalism inspired by different genres like IDM, electro-ambient, d’n’b and cinematographic passages.
This is a sound that gives you the impression tht it is directly coming from a sonic laboratory. You can feel a true love for sound creation and manipulation, and also wafting sound waves and different little bleeps, which are like hidden in the background.
+ + + : RecFrag is a project that will appeal to lovers of ultra sophisticated and complex sound creation. You get the impression that the creation of sounds and noises is often more important than harmony. This album needs several listenings before you can really seize the complexity of the sound sculptures. Just play it loud, close your eyes and listen or use headphones. It’s really important to create the right circumstances to discover this work. You’ll be surprised by the interaction between wafting sound passages and electro-industrial treatments. You’ll also notice the broken beats and hard sound blasts intermixed with discrete, but essential bleeping noises.
– – – : “Recovered Fragments” is what I should call a ‘difficult’ album. You have to be patient and give it several tries before seizing the real impact of the work. It however remains a complex and a less accessible work for its mainly experimental creation. I expected a bit more from the remixes.
Conclusion: RecFrag got signed to the right label to release its music. “Recovered Fragments” is a progressive electronic production dealing with intelligence and sound passion.
Best songs: “Magnetic Spheres”, “12-41 (Recovered)”, Mercury Arrows”.