Ital Tek
Midnight Colour


4.5
superb

Review

by Anville USER (3 Reviews)
December 31st, 2010 | 19 replies | 8,255 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ital Tek has found his voice, with refined and dynamic ideas and soundscapes bursting fourth within these 13 gorgeous and dynamic tracks.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Recently watching 2001: A Space Odyssey has somehow influenced the attraction of this album to me, passing through shifting neon patterns, along with deserted canyons and the clean yet cold emptiness of space. What really stands out with this album is how it can transform from grimy and wallowing in darkness and filth, to soaring above mirrored colored skyscrapers built three thousand years after your birth. Electronic music can be difficult to classify, describing it visually is sometimes more descriptive of the music.

This album is complex, yet somehow very accessible. Neon Arc stars off with a dynamically shifting bass sample, and warbles around in curves, that you have to follow with your frontal cortex. Paying attention to the music, and processing it as it plays is very enjoyable, as if its a complex math problem involving shifting neon colored blocks. Throughout the album there is a very distinct "abandoned future city" theme that the album just embraces, and runs with.

At times it feels completely alien, with sounds that have, in my opinion, never been conceived of before. Some songs have traditional structures, and some build and build, until you are lost in a torrent of beauty. A great example of this is the song "Babel" which I envision going sideways in a glass elevator, touring all of Tokyo in four minutes at a thousand feet per second. The tracks are each unique, yet have a subtle cohesion with the other tracks, and as with albums you enjoy a lot, it ends far too soon.

"Black and White" is a standout track on the album. Quite possibly one of the most amazing electronic songs I've heard all year. Shimmering, slick and just damn catchy, its easy to hit repeat the first time you hear it. The songs must be heard to really be truly experienced, with headphones and sitting on the rug in your darkened apartment is the best environment. "Moment In Blue" is another incredible standout track, with slight touches to Burial and Underworld, but with its own voice. At times this album could be the culmination of many different albums that have been made, almost an anthology of well polished music, with a unique voice.

I have to give a paragraph to "Restless Tundra" featuring Anneka's gorgeous vocals. This track is such a fitting way to end the album, its like falling into a deep sleep and going to a place you want to be. Its incredible the range of emotion Alan can convey with simple rhythm, and with the notes making particularly obvious movements, but the presentation really stands out on this track, though it is apparent throughout the album.

Coming from Aphex Twin, then Boards of Canada, and now Burial, this album to me represents the next step in electronic music; organics. The album literally sounds as if a chorus of unknowns from outer space is playing a chorus of different keyboards, and the ruined futuristic cityscape is providing the haunting echoes in the background. Familiar, and yet somehow completely new and original.


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xcharlesx
December 31st 2010



192 Comments


restless tundra is the besssst

edit: didnt really read this but "Neon Arc stars off" should be starts


yeahh "that you have to follow with your frontal cortex." this is weird

xcharlesx
December 31st 2010



192 Comments


you should try to get someone to proof read your reviews, help you out a little bit.

Anville
December 31st 2010



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Will edit, thanks guys. did it in sort of a rush.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 31st 2010



30882 Comments


Electronic music can be difficult to classify, describing it visually is sometimes more descriptive of the music.


I do this all the time, but this sentence has no place in your review. And some of your visual descriptors are a little interesting to say the least



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pizzamachine
January 1st 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Very creative review, and pretty bizarre. Hard to follow, but I'll pos anyway. I need to remember that I love this album, so I'll rate it a 5.

Adash
January 1st 2011



1356 Comments


nooooice

Deathcar
March 6th 2011



1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Womps for the intelligent listener.

twlichty
April 1st 2011



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I love this album

Brodeo65
April 1st 2011



13 Comments


Word tis very sick

Gyromania
April 23rd 2011



15200 Comments


Loving this album atm.

gosk8n
May 29th 2011



1032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very chill album this is one of my favs

Digging: Mumdance and Pinch - Pinch B2B Mumdance

YetAnotherBrick
September 22nd 2011



4396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i brought the average up w00t

Manic_
September 3rd 2012



447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.planet.mu/discography/ZIQ325

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2012



30882 Comments


I don't wanna be the guy who says "I have that already", but... it's a great album

Manic_
September 5th 2012



447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh the perks of being staff, i'll assume great means a 3.5.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2012



30882 Comments


Might be adventurous and break out a 4

TheGoon
October 29th 2012



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the most underrated albums ever! I found myself coming back to it again and again. Everything just feels right and flows perfectly. Nailed the sound.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2013



30882 Comments


Plays like the b-sides to his last LP (which is obviously better than nothing, but yeah)

Typhoner
April 8th 2013



806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Moment in Blue is awesome.

The rest too



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