Boomkat Product Review:
Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™, appears to cede control to generative algorithmic processes in a rudely stripped down, pulsating set of metamorphic electro
Sharply switching modes after the hyper-electro-pop jitters of 2020’s ‘<3’ album, Atom™ plays into raster’s more brutalist conceptual tiers with a shock of abrasive textures and spiny, sparring electro impulses on ‘Neuer Mensch’, or ‘New Human’. Offered as a “projection of the metahuman horizon”, the music is characterised by its maker’s blend of autist obsessive detail and playfulness, setting hidden symmetries and unseen geometric parameters for his machine to enact its hyper-realist electro-acoustics, wiry rhythms, and recombinant vocals articulating unknown tongues.
No doubt sounding dynamically impressive with amplification (you can push this one all the way), the 11 tracks spit out the machine’s mind in tensely funky gobs. Starting with the slow spasms of ‘Nix’, it sloshes from the chattering, nagging electro of ‘Hartcode’ into its longest part with the hyperventilating title tune, and twysts its synthetic flesh to the biting point with the nasty jam ‘Sex’, beside near-rain Trenor styles on ‘Tanz’, and the incendiary tone of ‘Rausch’, to explore uncanny spatial proprioceptions on ‘Wesen’ and go on like Alva Noto’s feral sibling in ‘Atem’.