Andrew Huang
Skeletons.exe


3.0
good

Review

by Hurricanslash USER (38 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rotatingdullness.gif

Minimalism is problematic.

Seldom do we have a style in art that is as controversial as minimalism. Lovers of it point to the subtle things, the intentions, the aesthetic, detractors criticize it for being too plain, too uninteresting and too easy to produce. Which side is right now? Well, neither.

Andrew tries minimalist techno. At this point we have reached the part in his discography where nothing is shocking anymore, just surprising. Because, after all, it is still a surprise which style he is going to cover next. And with him trying out a new style, there is always a sense of doubt. Will this work or not?

Well, it isn't bad, that's for sure. His rhythms are delightfully glitchy, still, with this AFX-y feeling behind them, which is nice. The songs themselves are all carefully layered with great attention to detail and interesting poly-rhythmic melodies. His production-values are still off the chain, with all these rave and dubstep-influenced synths weaving in and out of each song.

But...

Where this album tries to be subtle, it often just comes off as plain uninteresting. There is just almost nothing happening in any of these 7 songs. The beats drone on for way too long, and considering that most of these songs don't even crack the 4-minute mark, this is quite the accomplishment.

See, because art is thoroughly subjective, no one can be right or wrong about these things. And so in the end, we are still left to our own opinion.

And my opinion on this EP is that it is just plain uninteresting, however well-produced. On his description of this project, Andrew says that this type of music is like admiring nature and not like watching a movie. In that case, I am sorry, because I do really prefer watching a movie than staring at a field of grass for 20 minutes.

I can still understand people who like to do this instead, though.



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Hurricanslash
July 2nd 2014


545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

EP time again! On schedule as usual! But honestly, there is almost nothing to say about this. Whatcha think?

ChoccyPhilly
July 2nd 2014


8266 Comments


Good review, as always. You make it sound like a 2 or 2.5 rather than a 3

Digging: OG Maco - Breathe

Hurricanslash
July 2nd 2014


545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, but I try to be as objective as possible when giving the rating. And, although I don't like it, this is still really well produced, so, while for me its a 2.5, I can see why people would like this, so I gave it a 3.

Hopelust
July 2nd 2014


1129 Comments


The last few sentences of this review had me laughing out loud a bit. I am one of those that would almost prefer to stare at grass. Maybe I'll like this.

Also, you forgot a period at the end of one of your paragraphs.

CaptainDooRight
July 2nd 2014


30366 Comments


sup hurrykane

Digging: Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

Hurricanslash
July 2nd 2014


545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Hopelust: My pleasure to entertain you!^^ Also, fixed.

@Cap: Sup Cap?

ChoccyPhilly
July 2nd 2014


8266 Comments


Well this is definitely better than the song I heard the other day by him. The beats aren't meaty enough

Hurricanslash
July 2nd 2014


545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, but I guess thats kinda the point with minimal techno. Meh.

thelastsignal
July 2nd 2014


1660 Comments


Awesome review, pos. One thing:
"His production-values are still of the chain"

I think it should be 'off'.

Sounds interesting though.

Digging: The Banner - Greying

Hurricanslash
July 2nd 2014


545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks a lot, man! Fixed my typo.^^

Hopelust
July 2nd 2014


1129 Comments


Are you andrew himself? You seem to have reviewed a lot of his shit.

Hurricanslash
July 3rd 2014


545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sadly not. I am from Germany, and Andrew is from Canada, and I think you can see where I am from if you read my early reviews. What I am, however, is a big fan of his, and so I thought, to boost his popularity, that I could review all of his stuff.



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