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Fractional
Category: IDM
Album: Blood
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Fractional brings some eccentric pep to the Tympanik party with their brand of spastic and lively IDM.

 

The sixth album from Belgian IDM outfit Fractional and the first to be released by Tympanik Audio, Blood brings a unique taste of experimental and playful arrangements peppered with a variety of jungle, break beat, and drum & bass inspired rhythms. This makes for a sometimes strange and very manic album, fluctuating between harsh, heavy beat assaults and light, smooth ditties, largely leaving the impression of a cross between Meat Beat Manifesto and Aphex Twin.

Fractional blasts the listener with the rough and rugged “Water” and seamlessly blends into “Blood” giving an early and intense one-two punch combination that will leave any expecting slow and atmospheric IDM reeling. Tracks like “Sie,” “Thear,” and “Niv” offer exceptionally mellow counterpoints to the heavier moments, giving the listener a nice reprieve from the more frantic and strange sections of the album. Things take a turn for the extremely odd with tracks like “Elephant’s Dance” and “Lows.” “Elephant’s Dance” features a deep, heavily processed beat and cheery organ pieces that give the song the feeling of something very hard and rugged accidentally revealing its softer side. “Lows” kicks the strange up even higher with its carnival like atmosphere.

Blood firmly resides in the odder regions of the IDM spectrum. With tracks reveling in high octane hyperactive beat explosions, overflowing with impressions of twisted carnivals and other strange imagery, and exuding smooth, mellow, and occasionally eerie grooves, Fractional may seem a bit unfocused at times, but throughout the profound skill and care taken in the work is obvious.
 
Track list:

  1. Water
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  5. Thear
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  7. Hu Wei
  8. Elephant’s Dance
  9. Niv
  10. Lows
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  13. Ne

 
Fractional Website http://www.fractional.be
Fractional MySpace http://www.myspace.com/tirofcnaal
Fractional Facebook http://www.facebook.com/fractional
Tympanik Audio Website http://www.tympanikaudio.com
Tympanik Audio MySpace http://myspace.com/tympanik
Tympanik Audio Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tympanik-Audio/137795642739
Tympanik Audio Twitter http://twitter.com/tympanik
 
Purchase at:
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2010-04-27
 
Trubie Turner (Flexei)

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