Review on: Brainwaltzera – Poly-Ana (FILM)

Review on: Brainwaltzera – Poly-Ana (FILM)
Poly-Ana is Brainwaltzeras debut album and it has been awaited eagerly since last years Marzipan EP and this years Outdives EP and Aescoba EP stirred worldwide interest in this mysterious artist, establishing a (in a funny way quite touching) nerdy mysticism about his/her/their identity. Brainwaltzeras work so far, and Poly-Ana is no exception, takes up the sounds and general aesthetics of 1990s movement IDM, one of the first big outbreaks of a genuine electronic music that was not so much about danceability or clubbing but instead used the rapidly increasing possibilities of electronic sounds to create something different, something more abstract and in a way untraditional, with spearheads Warp and Rephlex releasing visionary ideas. For Poly-Ana Brainwaltzera absorbed these ideas and shaped them into new forms, resulting in a piece of work between past and future (and according to that very much for today) that should be seen as an entity and preferably listened to in full length. Nothing new to IDM as the genres’ big names were always very much into albums with certain sounds and aesthetics (Autechres Incunabula, Aphex Twins ...I Care Because You Do and Boards Of Canadas Music Has The Right To Children can be mentioned in connection with Brainwaltzera without blushing too much). Yet the sounds and moods on Poly-Ana clearly do not just copy or even recycle your regular AFX-tune (if there’s such a thing as an regular AFX-tune), there’s more to it, a distinctive playfulness as well as fearlessness that enables Brainwaltzera to add something fresh to the canon. Poly-Ana starts with “Kurrytee [Midi_2_cv]” (the title obviously mirrors above-mentioned IDM-greats passion for complicated track names), a hypnotic electronica melody radiating warmth bedded on slowly pulsating grooves, then changes its mood with the next one “smit” that still has iridescent harmonies but also voluminous rattling beats and chopped voice samples generating a more uncomfortable atmosphere picturing the spookiness of abandoned metro stations. In the following Poly-Ana oscillates between beatless ambientesque pieces bathing the listener in oddly coloured fluids (“[τake1]”), intimate downtempo constructions, dense and focused (“Poly_ana Summers [schoolyard Surph Beat]” already known from Aescoba EP) and harsher sped-up breakbeat stuff that sometimes nostalgically klonks a little (“Yamaha Hills edit”). From romanticism (“Carniblurr.lane 6 “) via industrialism and flickering nervousness to contemplation and calm melancholia all kinds of influences, images of situations, shreds and feelings conflate into a constant flow of memory picturing a state of now. Contemporary art, literally. On this marvelous first album Brainwaltzera firmly follows his/her/their very own path, equipped with a proper vision and sophisticated production skills but also enough chuzpah and crankiness to go on where others might shy. Very good indeed and another strong release for free-spirited German label Film. And what about all the rumours about Brainwaltzera being Aphex Twin or Mike Paradinas or both of them or whatever? Who cares anyway. Written by João Geck   You can BUY Brainwaltzera - Poly-Ana, released on FILM HERE from whatpeopleplay.com.  

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