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Solens Arc

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raster Noton
  • ASIN: B00HZWI3IM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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a stone thrown, just to watch it fly. a projectile launched for the sole purpose of drawing a ballistic trajectory in the sky. the solens arc is what remains after the subtraction of the goal; a simple parabolic curve defined by gravity, impulse and starting angle. no target to hit, no catharsis to wait for, just the beauty of the flight. solens arc is kangding ray's fourth album on raster-noton and the follow-up to his the pentaki slopes ep. taking the arc as the purpose, the twelve songs of the record are arranged/ presented in the form of four variations, constructed from disintegrated melodic textures and dismantled beats. the specific arrangement is also expressed in the positioning of the tracks on the record itself, reserving one side of the double lp for three tracks each. the single sequences are assembled seamlessly into dense, evolving compositions, while keeping their autonomy, and their role in the global dramaturgy. pointillist serial loops morph into abrasive rave anthems, broken club rhythms are refitted into uneven patterns, like deconstructivist sound architectures. industrial techno stompers dissolve into granular sound waves and filtered space pads, before being overtaken by cinematic drums and rising arpeggios.

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
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.

Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept album with regard to pacing 12 Jun. 2016
By David O. - Published on Amazon.com
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Can't believe nobody reviewed this. Great concept album with regard to pacing, variety in textures, and some really nice melodies. I can't quite put my finger on why I like this record so much.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star listening experience 15 May 2017
By JaneMancini - Published on Amazon.com
Finally started listening to this. It is pretty great - put my headphones on, listened while I was working - and thought, dam! Why have I not heard this before .... Blank Empire is awesome ... but whole album is strong.
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