I discovered this artist a little while ago and she doesn’t disappoint. This particular album is one of my favourites at the moment. I don’t know the significance of the title ‘Asmelectrix’ but it’s as unique as the music. This music is electronic but it sounds like its regular music, that endless repetition doesn’t exist here or if it does it’s executed in a manner that it is seamless.
The album has a sort of soothing but energetic quality that echoes of the past decade and also much of now as well. Much of the sound is a tapestry of carefully woven samples that are difficult to determine where they start and end and I warn you it is addictive.
Perhaps the most commercial track on the album and although it will clearly be a popular one, yet it’s the one that I like least is , ‘Give it to me,’ – its perhaps something that you would hear at a dance club and it’s the only track that has any noticeable repetition.
Track two is ‘Hybrid,’ and strangely reminds me of an electronic version of Portishead or Massive Attack. While track three, ‘Shinkansen to Hiroshima,’ is by far my favourite track on the album it’s a sleepy journey through electro dub with a bouncy soothing sound that just make you want the 5:26 minute track to go longer, brilliant!
Track four: ‘We can go together,’ is what I would call a mixed genre track, reminiscent of many recent electronica, it’s a lovely piece, while the album grows in energy you find yourself nodding and tapping your foot, wondering what will come next.
Track five, ‘The Ringing,’ is sort of electro dub, and seems to work in the same vain in the other two previous tracks, but it evolves into what I would call synth-pop! It’s a fab track and by now I am wondering, can she pull it off, can she make the rest of the album as good?
Track six, takes us on a different path with ‘I Will Drive,’ which sort of sounds like a modern version of Bork’s ‘Army of Me,’ I absolutely love it – it reminds me of modern version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, mechanical with what sounds like a buzz saw, but its highly listenable.
Moving on to track seven, another turn in style comes expectantly with ‘The Quickening,’ it’s another electro dub with this time with a trance feel with a lurching feel. There is a jitteriness to the track but it’s entertaining and makes me want to move my body.
‘Ginza Interlude,’ is track number eight, and it is a romantic electronica piece that makes you want to press the repeat button. I don’t quite know what the essence of this track evokes feeling but perhaps it’s the sometime melodic played against what is almost discordant sounds, that makes me want to hear it again and again. It’s also electro dub and with a heavily effected sound. This is also one of my favourite tracks as well.
Track nine is ‘Hirai Ouchi,’ and it’s a bouncy beat track with an 80s feel and has a chorus that sticks in your head, I found myself hearing it 3 days later and could only get it out of my head by listening to the track again. A fun track.
This album is not one of those 40 minute CDs, where you go looking for CD number two but runs a full 66 minutes – so it’s great value for money with one CD and its iconic as there is nothing else around, to my knowledge, like it!
Track ten, is ‘Yotsuya Garden,’ another electro dub piece that is in the same vain as track three, ‘Shinkansen to Hiroshima,’ but with an echoing synth that bounces back and forth like a hoop flying around, and with it you feel the lower part of your body wanting to follow it. It’s a great track and my second favourite and it evolves into a pure electronica as it runs its full 7:14 minutes, yet I pressed the repeat button more than once.
It gets better and better, and when you think it’s all over, there is more to come. Track eleven, is ‘Sliding Bells,’ it an 80s piece and I think the artist wanted to show us her roots in this piece as I can hear echoes of her other albums. It too is highly listenable.
Coming in at place number twelve is our last and final track and its pure electronica with the electro dub heavily treated sound again but this time with a different feel, ‘Dreamin of Home,’ is a delightful track and also one of my favourites. In the middle of the piece its effects take over as if it’s a rocket moving forward and its energetic but not too much, it makes for great visuals and a really poignant ending track to a fabulous album.
Asmodelle has to be one of my absolutely favourite artists right now – this album and her others take pride of place in my collection. And after I’ve finished listening to ‘Asmelectrix’ by Asmodelle, I still find myself pressing the repeat button! What a lovely way to spend an hour of one time…