CVN: I.C. (Orange Milk, 2019)

July 12, 2019 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

CVN: I.C.

CVN is
Nobuyuki Sakuma, formerly of Jesse Ruins, and this is his second album for Orange Milk. While representative of that label’s hyper-detailed, surrealist output, this is notably more pop-influenced, especially on the opening track, a sweet R&B/rap tune featuring NTsKi. A few tracks have trap or club beats, but there’s also more abstract pieces like “Snippets of Heaven”, which set sporadic glitches and samples against a blank background, similar to Seth Graham and other Orange Milk artists. “Local Pain” is more wistful and has some smooth waiting-room guitars. “Zen of Equilibrium” is sort of relaxed, spring garden techno, while “Ikasama” has harder beats without getting too aggressive, then switches to a more dramatic beatless section during the second half. Throughout the album, CVN’s productions are intenselt designed, but there’s always enough human feeling so that it doesn’t sound too clinical.

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