Review Summary: "A Modern Mastepiece of Sounds".- speedygalaxy
I want to present to you "Hereafter", a collection of past and present works by Mihalis Aikaterinis aka MIKTEK.
It is clear to me that all tracks were carefully chosen, revisited, and reedited with two unreleased ones to create a smooth melancholic journey. The album starts with "Dawsonia", in which long and calm rhythms are accompanied by a sad and persistent piano, this piano will later transform into idm sound effects to create a greater cinematic perspective.
I will say that these slow idm rhythms are to be expected as the foundation of this release. All tracks are assembled in such a way that they all achieved a personalized soundscape similar to Akira Yamaoka’s "Silent Hill".
From the warm ambient vibe of "Is calm" to the dubbed out landscapes of "Omnipresence" and the glitchy rhythms of "Atmosphere of Neglect", Mihalis swims through multiple electronic territories while keeping a coherent sound along the way. This sound will make you feel freshness from start to finish.
Sometimes reassuring, sometimes dark, but always captivating, these pieces feel like a never ending ascent to those that just want to relax and chill. Where you go from the beautiful and quiet to the mysterious and suspensive. In general, "Hereafter" is an intriguing project, it awakens the imagination accompanied by the effects of searching for perfection, typical of the genre of idm.
Although the production is somewhat similar to the album "Derelicts" of Carbon Based Lifeforms, it is impressive that during the troubled times we're experimenting, "Hereafter" resonates with a touching singularity. "Anisotropy" drove me to develop the appreciation for fragmented communicative situations that we create and that we can get to ignore when we do not pay enough attention to what the artist tries to communicate with his work. I can now say that there is no fragmented communication here, Miktek has been successful in effectively communicate his mood.
Something that is very clear to me is the correct decision on the part of the artist to choose integration as a development model in this project, where the contrasts collapse and a unique personality of Miktek is denoted. While the title might evoke dismal images, what we hear is an invitation to look farther than anything else, farther than our present times.