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METATAG's 2014, "Transmission" is all electronic, the music composition has been transfigured to fit the pure electronic language.

20 short compositions force the listening experience to be minimalistic. The sound engineering has been closely worked out, the short experiments even if weak or notable sound great.

The first 4 songs promise a great album, but around track 5, I understood I was listening to some kind of edits or editions of what sounds to be longer compositions, like "highlights" or scissored sections.

As mentioned the musical proposal weakens itself. Some of the "highlights" are not that bright when put up together. Around track 7 things get on course again, the musical box sound versus deep and fast paced pulses has its charms.

And then again METATAG can't deny his Brian Eno like minimalistic influences, that sound exactly like Eno´s, although enhanced or distorted by the sound engineering. Up to track 10 the sound is by far more obscure and experimental, sometimes it works out, others are not that enticing. Track 14 and 15 are two "dreamy/eerie ambient songs" worth listening to.

The somehow surprising deep abstract intense bass pulses appear to be a quiet unique music language proposal, then again the songwriting has not freed itself completely of other foreign musical idioms. Like track 16 for example, which although a "highlight" still sounds like a TD song, a great one but still a TD one. Track 17 works with the minimal noise/melody ambient song protocols, again the deep basses are clue to enjoy the short experience. Tracks 18 and 19 try on the same idea but in a less original approach. Closing track 20 is also slow paced and minimalistic but entirely magnetic and nostalgic.

The aftertaste is obtuse and difficult to pin point. In general it has this "greatest bits" sound, and sadly as in most "greatest hits" records in my personal experience, I rarely agree that all of those pieces are exactly that great.

It sounds like a promising act, now let's see what follows.

***3.5 PA stars

admireArt | 3/5 |


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