Matt Karmil: ++++ (PNN, 2016)

June 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Matt Karmil: ++++

Matt Karmil: ++++

The second of two albums so far this year from an up-and-coming abstract house dude. This is very stare-into-space house, usually just repeating one brief melodic phrase and sample over a thudding beat, maybe fading something in and out, and adding effects. It can be pretty monotonous, and the opening track (which repeats the phrase “it’s not a perfect world” ad infinitum) is irritating. But when this album is on, it’s on. Or rather, it’s off; it feels detached and disconnected but still bumping along. “AF” is the most developed track, and easily the most memorable. “Be Gentle” is really good too. “Crystals” starts very quiet and still, but after several minutes it builds up to a pretty good half-asleep groove. Other tracks don’t do as much. It’s best to just sit back and let this one do its thing and not think too much about it. When it works, it works really well.

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