Rarely do I come across a disc that immediately captivates and unnerves me at the same time. Such is the case with Kate Wax's Dust Collision, a dark and claustrophobic midtempo movement of electronica that simultaneously defies being categorized as downtempo electronica.
Upon first listen, the CD reminds me of a darker, mellower, less dancefloor friendly version of Lida Husik's Faith In Space (even down to the similar CD covers) Yet the combination of Wax's vocals (which sounds very similar to that gal from The Knife) and subtle hints of guitar and piano take Dust Collision into a darker place.
Each track utilizes the same leisurely midtempo pace. Various and sundry electronics often clash with electric guitar and piano in the background while Wax's eerie and haunting voice, sometimes digitally manipulated, takes center stage.
One of the best tracks is Maze Rider when the break finds Wax bursting into an agressive chorus (or as agressive as possible on such a mellow release) as if she momentarily forgets where she is or that the song is suppose to be mellow.
Another great track is the deceptively simple opener I Knit You composed of nothing more than a Morodor-esque synth and Wax's vocals.
The title track is the closest thing to a dance number you'll find here with a great vocal sample that sets up the rhythm.
Dust Collision is a dark and intense listen full of layered nuances. Perfect for a lazy rainy Sunday morning. It will leave you exhaused after its done but somehow compelled to take the dark journey again.
One of best releases I've heard in 2011.