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Kangding Ray is the alt-moniker of Berlin-based Frenchman David Letellier,
creator of a particularly dark brand of electronic music. It's intelligent stuff
which would sound as well within the dusty confines of a home library as it
might on the cavernous subterranean dancefloors of The City Of Sin.
These twelve sonic inventions possess a stark industrial/mechanical quality
which (so we are led to believe) are underpinned and bound together by a
over-arching structural framework. This may well be the case, although I
struggle to grasp it with my hairy ears. No matter; what we hear is both
very interesting and intriguing nonetheless.
Opening track 'Serendipity March' sets the mood; a slow moving piece
full of hissing, fizzing, grinding motifs set against a martial rhythm and
shot through here and there with half-heard murmurs and vocal fragments.
'Blank Empire' find a more coherent beat and runs with it, slithering and
skittering to no particular destination with curiously affecting ambiguity.
Likewise 'Amber Decay', a brooding beast of a track crackling with menace.
Final number 'Son' inhabits somewhat different territory, with its shifting
drones, intermittent bubbling synth arpeggios and restrained tabla-like
percussion guiding 'Solens Arc' to a more gentle and reflective conclusion.
This man and his machines are well worth hearing.