Defrag: Float (Hymen Records, 2022)

March 13, 2022 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Defrag: Float

Sound designer and former Pigface/Underground, Inc. affiliate Jeff Dodson has continued his Defragmentation project as just Defrag, and has moved from the breakcore/jungle side of IDM to a more downtempo, dubstep-influenced style over the years. He also did a soundtrack for a live action Metroid short film, and while his new one isn’t a soundtrack for either a film or a game, it could very easily be one. These tracks are always on the prowl, whether they’re lurching slowly (“The Lighthouse”) or more kinetic and technoid (“Concrete Face”). “Surface Kraken” tries to nervously break through the barriers with force, and hissing voices lurk in the shadows of the album’s more industrial songs. “Square” is more playful IDM that’s still full of cinematic suspense, and “Open Seas” is just a grand trip on a majestic clipper ship.

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