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Abstraktions Volume 1

(Abstrakt Reality)

This is a very cerebral album.


Abstrakt Reality Records is a fairly new company consisting of several underground artists trying to make a name for themselves in the electronic music scene, and they’re doing a good job. This album is just one of several sampler albums, which contain cuts by almost all of the artists on this label.


Most of the songs contain no lyrics, but they’re all very introspective; they force your imagination to run wild and create images based on what you’re listening to. When I first sat down with this album all the way through, I came up with an entire movie in my head just by listening to the music. It was really cool!


Some of the artists featured on this one include David Bartel, DJ Rylo, Atrium, and Prine. They’re all very excited to be part of the movement they seem to be putting together, and they all have their own personal philosophies on music and life, which they seem to be advertising on their website (www.abstraktreality.com).


Of these artists, the most interesting (in my opinion) is Prine, who believes that “You have to make something that has a basis in what people know, but with a new direction or with new methods that people haven’t heard before.” It only makes sense, right? Prine likes to make a distinction between instrumental and instru-MENTAL. The instru-MENTAL, he believes, is what really gives his music some kind of redeeming quality, and makes it interesting to listen to. Good music makes you think; that is, it’s not something you put on for background noise.


It’s not just Prine that believes this, it’s all the artists involved with Abstrakt Reality. Most of them do a really good job enacting their musical philosophy, but there are a few pitfalls. Saku and Tony Watson, two of the contributors, have a problem with too much repetition. That’s okay if you like that kind of thing, but it doesn’t connect with the rest of the album. Tony Watson seemed to think that six minutes of a simplistic, unchanging drumbeat can somehow create cerebral images for the listener, but I disagree.


All in all, with only a few slight problems, this was a great album.

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