Exm | Mitoma
e|m


5.0
classic

Review

by Observer EMERITUS
July 31st, 2022 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sounding alien in origin yet still feeling human at its core, e|m is the duo's newest masterpiece.

Being a collaborative effort between two separate artists, e|m at first surprised and astounded me with how unified and comfortable the album sounded just on my initial spin. However, as I later dug a little deeper into the history of the two of these electronic producers and listened to the individual works of exm’s Jeroen Bax and Mitoma’s Tam Ferrans, the fantastic result we now have in e|m appears to just have been a matter of time, opportunity, and one recent global pandemic.

e|m was crafted by exm and Mitoma over the course of the Corona Virus lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. The two artists clearly have a wonderful chemistry going on, after having worked together often on music creation over the past decade, be it mixing or remastering tracks for one or the other, or even releasing full-length collaborative efforts on each of the others’ affiliated labels. Two album-length releases from the two have spawned before e|m – and both came with remarkably stunning results: Touched Music Label’s FF000 and Kaer’Uiks Label’s I/0 Disc EP, both released in 2018.

As on those prior collaborative releases, exm and Mitoma start things off with a synth melody, a bass line, and a beat that will repeat and slowly change and morph throughout the 54 minute length of e|m: the whole album is essentially one song, broken up into parts. The two artists instil and mold this melodic collection of sounds as a sort of heartbeat for the album, more or less, but the real magic here is in how the two producers can shift and modulate these sound elements. Autechre’s music is the first major influence that e|m will remind you of initially, without a doubt, but the alien yet organic sense of melody and rhythm of e|m makes it its own unique thing -- it actually sounds more human than computer here, which often isn't the case with the prior, popular Manchester duo -- and not so distant and cold in how it comes across and feels.

As e|m is essentially one piece, one song, I see little point in trying to pick highlight sections or write about any other such similar meandering. To me, it’s all good, a beautiful album -- or song, rather – and there’s no reason to skip any part of it. e|m is fluid and marvelous, the result of a decade long, or more, production art chemistry of work, and it’s the best thing exm and Mitoma have ever done, in my opinion. I hope e|m isnt their last collaborative effort. But in case it is, they’ve delivered their best to us, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes my favorite electronic/ IDM album for 2022. Absolutely astounding.



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user ratings (4)
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excellent


Comments:Add a Comment 
Observer
Emeritus
July 31st 2022


9390 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

idk i love it.



https://section27.bandcamp.com/album/e-m



name your price.

pizzamachine
August 1st 2022


26484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this kind of music. A solid 4 easy.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2022


20763 Comments


Nice, I'll check this out! Great review

Gyromania
August 1st 2022


36904 Comments


Jared!!!! Nice 1 I will check this out

Observer
Emeritus
August 1st 2022


9390 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey all, and nice! I mean if you enjoy experimental electronic music that isnt too "out-there" abstract, I'd definitely say this is worth a go. And if you like it, check out their other collabs or individual work. I've found a lot of overlooked shit that deserves more attention imo.



Talked to these guys on fb last night, and they're really nice dudes.



luci
August 1st 2022


12844 Comments


nice find, finding this really engaging. feels like a single track album like you said. it's cold and mechanical but pulls you close. also great to see a writeup from ya


Observer
Emeritus
August 2nd 2022


9390 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah it's a wonder how many of us old farts still float around this site. And thanks!



I agree with your assessment there. Repeat listens after some time definitely suit it well

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 2nd 2022


25458 Comments


yep checked this today, great stuff. good lookin out.

Observer
Emeritus
August 2nd 2022


9390 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice. I was really curious on your opinion of the album here actually, you being a big autechre fan and all.



None of the work from these guys is on rym or the database here essentially, and little anywhere else, so guessing possible user response and reception was just a random shot in the dark for me (which is fine, just interesting i thought).

luci
August 2nd 2022


12844 Comments


i added this on rym, it needs a spot on my year-end list

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 2nd 2022


25458 Comments


ive only listened through once but it gives me big mid 2000’s laptop IDM vibes, and that’s a compliment. if you like this, absolutely check out phoenecia’s brownout if you haven’t, one of my favorites in the genre and has similar vibes to this.

Observer
Emeritus
August 3rd 2022


9390 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

awesome, thanks luci



I've heard of that before and remember checking once but ill definitely revisit

Observer
Emeritus
November 1st 2022


9390 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Brownout is amazing, and Im glad you mentioned it. Their album last year, MD.SLVG, actually reminds me more of this one in comparison though. Minus the dumb vocal sample at the beginning, its hella good.

Observer
Emeritus
November 1st 2022


9390 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks bro. This poor thing is destined to be slept on, for now.

MoM
November 1st 2022


5994 Comments


I like what I’ve heard off this and exm’s Llmt, but I’ve yet to get around to listening to either in full. I think I’ll make some time tonight or tomorrow!



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