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Boomkat Product Review:
Dynamic, silver-toned industrial ambience and hyperminimal techno from Mexican pioneer and master of the craft Murcof.
Since 2002's game-changing "Martes", Tijuana's Fernando Corona has been stirring cinematic orchestral flourishes with minimal techno padding. In recent years, his compositions have skewed more towards industrial ambience, but the glacial, glitchy push of Pan Sonic and early Raster is still just about present in his work. "The Alias Sessions" compiles work Corona created for performances alongside the Alias dance company, so his focus on rhythm is brought to the foreground once again; the tracks slither from warehouse gloom and grim, ominous ambience to pulsating intensity, with considerable effort taken to evoke a theatrical mood.
Standout 'Unboxing Utopia' sounds like a war drum from the depths of hell as a filtered 4/4 throbs beneath discordant prangs of anxious electronics. But there's a light at the end of the tunnel; through the doom and gloom, Corona lets light shine through, often building the tracks into jubilant post-rock-esque crescendos, while 'Underwater Lament' sounds like Sleeparchive trapped in a flooded cave, slowly running out of air. Cheery, then.