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A Unique Squarepusher Experience,
This review is from: Ultravisitor (Audio CD)
Tom Jenkinson's new one is certainly not for the light eared. Despite the often mellow pace and jazzy interludes, this CD often launches into a grating hell of catastrophic sound. When "50 Cycles" peaked, there was such an explosion of pure noise my flat became temporarily convinced Judgment Day had arrived: lamps cast shadow, chairs became flaccid, and my cat took out nine life insurance policies online, despite my protests that he really only needed one, before merging interdimensionally with a Smoking Baby® incense holder. He never was much into electronica anyway.
A relative departure from 2001's lyrically intense Go Plastic, Ultravisitor is almost entirely an adventure in sound. Cascading synths roll behind a jazz-funk bass while fractured snares and the like accompany a truly gifted set of overworked, natural drums. The presence of well-timed crowd sounds give the album a sense of completion and comfort during an often bumpy ride. It also sucks the listener into a concert type feeling forcing one to pay more attention to the man behind the music and the creative process which helped bring this album to life as opposed to the dehumanized approach heralded by the likes of Kraftwerk.
As such, your enjoyment of this LP depends on your tolerance of generally menacing noise and patience during the many interludes. I, for one, find it to be a powerful, immensely enjoyable and moving piece of electronic art which should age well and influence many in the future.