Boomkat Product Review:
Some of the more observant you might remember Israeli producer Yair Etziony from a few years back, as he was one of the Faction duo who released a single album on Lee Norris's acclaimed Neo Ouija label. Although the label is now dormant, Etziony has been mighty busy, refining his initially melodic electronic style into something altogether more satisfying. The rhythmic glitches that made 'The End of Tel Aviv' so endearing are still present, but instead of synthesized lead melodies, Etziony has taken a leaf out of the Mille Plateaux/Raster Noton handbook and gone for subtle dub-inflected pads and subtly processed field recordings. It might not be the most obviously current of styles to have picked but there's a story behind Etziony's choices - apparently 'Flawed' was originally going to be two albums, one of processed piano and one of more rhythmic pieces, but the more he became involved with gallery work and live performance the more the lines blurred between the two records. Using an old sampler and a plethora of broken electronic boxes the sound palette was set for an album which revels in the sound of ageing equipment while sounding of course desperately computer manipulated. The closest reference I can think to mention is the early work of Andreas Tilliander, under his own name and under the Mokira moniker, but there's plenty of reference to the Scape catalogue too, and the work of Raster Noton boss Carsten Nicolai. Thankfully though Etziony never lets his compositions stray too far into the world of academia and there are occasional pauses for breath when the digital glitches are stripped away and a ray of light is allowed to stream in. An interesting and enjoyable album with depth and an endearingly light touch - on the ever wonderful Spekk label. Recommended.