Matthew Mercer: Ataxia (self-released, 2022)

February 9, 2022 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Matthew Mercer: Ataxia

The newest album from long-active electronic musician Matthew Mercer is a techno record through and through, but he devises some truly uncommon textures that other producers might not necessarily think to make dance music out of. “Paralalia” has strange, mutated sounds that nearly sound like distorted voices, all rippling underneath a steady, upfront kick drum. “Parabolia” is a bit of a flashback to his microhouse days, at least at first, but then it becomes much more resonant and cinematic than most minimal techno, additionally bearing a trace of shoegazey feedback. “Aphasia” seems like it’s going to settle into dubby clanging, but it gets interrupted by a violent electric storm, twice. “Revok” does a lot with some disorienting tones, a sort of sideways kick, and some chugging bass. Ataxia isn’t quite wired the same way as most dance music, but it does serve that purpose, and in any case it’s superbly, inventively crafted.

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