Kamixlo
Angelico


2.5
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Review

by Conmaniac CONTRIBUTOR (49 Reviews)
October 18th, 2017 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: soft blue rain/blemished red rust

ERROR_302_DISK_TOO_FRAGMENTED

I’m always impressed when an album cover’s colors so accurately portray the music that lives within the sleeve. Chilean producer Kamixlo has chosen a faded blue and white portrait to represent his 6-song EP Angelico and it couldn’t be a more appropriate tonal palette. The sample-laden effort is centered around the human voice, although modulated and obscured, making the glowing face all the more fitting. Yet, this feat is only impressive to an extent, as many of the critical faults within the effort embody the artwork’s colors and themes. While the electronica beats are certainly bright and metallic, the repetitive glitchiness rubs the alloy ever-so-slightly, which is enough to produce a tinge of rust on the otherwise stainless steel. Even though Kamixlo is attempting a fresh take on the glitch-trap genre, it somehow feels heavily borrowed and outdated. ‘Ice2CU’ features a scratched-out, glittering voice as its main motif which does conjure up images of a frozen machine defecting due to the cold tundra it is stuck within. However, its artificial death ends up being a trite effort due to the same error popping up on the computer’s screen:

ERROR_404_SOFTWARE_NOT_FOUND.

This isn’t to discredit the producer, however, as he has set up all the necessary tools and coding to keep this robot alive and listenable. The production and mixing ends up being the most impressive part of this venture, a cold and ringing effort that utilizes abstract noises of commonplace objects much like Autechre’s Confield. Really, it ends up being the AI’s awkward transition into the modernized realm of melodic electronica that defects the beautifully built system. Simply, the melodies are not alluring enough to be catchy yet not strange enough to be excused as artistic attempts to ~push the boundaries~. The same can be said for the dynamics; a steady, straight line that slightly hops up and down only when another icy layer makes its way into the beat. All of these viruses prove to be too much for the paranoid android, making the death itself an inevitable occurrence. In the end, this is just another innovation that is two years behind on the current state of technological advances; another metal gadget left to rust in the junkyard of failed inventions.

ERROR_426_UPGRADE_REQUIRED



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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

shoutout to sach for the rec and Ben for the many edits. been a bit since my last one but this one came out p naturally. feedback always welcome (:

AsleepInTheBack
October 18th 2017


5119 Comments


good stuff con

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

much love man, not that I recommend it but you ever peep this?

AsleepInTheBack
October 18th 2017


5119 Comments


nah never, I'll try give it a go

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


5684 Comments


great review, Con.. nice to see ya back in action..

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks butcher and I'm trying my best. damn architecture school has got me falling like water

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


5684 Comments


if you keep up these architecture puns, i'll have to kick you out the doric..

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I could stop but it'd all be a facade

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


5684 Comments


don't make us become Arch rivals..

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I would Mies your friendship...

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

they are self aware in their tackiness trust me but I actually enjoy how the second one creates a flowy bridge between the two paras. also it was fun looking up error codes but I agree it's prob shoehorned aha.

thanks tho sach. what would you rate this?

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah was also curious how his other work stacks up. maybe i'll try that

Dewinged
October 19th 2017


6444 Comments


Nice review Con, I might give this a shot though, seems interesting. And I agree with sach, not feeling the error codes, although it's not a big deal.

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

can't please everyone, thx tho dewi

Dewinged
October 19th 2017


6444 Comments


Sure man, it's your review, you craft it as you see fit ;)

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2017


19697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh I will. I dont conform (usually)



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