Review Summary: Moss Garden Kyoto
Japanese producer Ametsub's debut LP Linear Cryptics
delivers some of the most sonically interesting IDM/Glitch of the last decade. Ametsub crafts lush gardens of sound with phased piano melodies and faltering percussion accentuated by electronics that wind their way between the organic ambience like a bubbling creek. Linear Cryptics
concentrates on straddling the bridge between the inhuman robotic characteristics of other IDM artists such as Aphex Twin and Autechre and the more organic flourishes of producers like Bonobo and Tipper. Generally quite minimal in its approach and favouring downtempo grooves over ambience, the intricate percussion takes to the foreground. This emphasis on nuanced and non-repetitive drum-work makes the often simple and gradually building backdrops seem to continuously alter in mood and intention. Often dropping out completely to lull the listener into a state of hypnosis, the percussion effectively and constantly rotates through stylistic changes from drum and bass to glitch hop. Linear Cryptics
does justice to its name by progressively painting an enigmatic narrative of the diverse geography of Japan. Step by step we travel through lush forests and waterlogged skies then off to urban empires where it weaves between the mass populace on the streets of Tokyo. Linear Cryptics
is as captivating as it is ambitious, a listen that will engage and move the listener to an unparalleled state of genuinely solemn bliss.