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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.
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.