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The Null Corporation
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Electronic Barnacle Island
Deeply Faulted Area Resembling an Upright Deck of Cards
KiraKira Disc

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Aaron Noel is the brain trust behind Electronic Barnacle Island, and states that while he "extracted various types of electronic music," he has "a fondness for melody." His influences, from Disjecta to Vangelis, are admittedly lost on me, so there are truly limited references for me to pinpoint, though I shall try.

On this debut release, the first two selections, "Mortal Hood Clip" and "Colourfloor" sound like the approaching doom of an old Nintendo game: in the dark reaches of a castle, replete with fiery obstacles and a time limit. Surely, this sounds like a less-than-intelligent comparison, but in all honestly, this is the image the tracks conjure up, and as such seem like quirky piffle to start the album.

From there, however, "Chance to be Hollow" and "Reset" reveal a kinship to Aphex Twin's B-grade cuts. These are by far the best tracks, with the most discernable melodies and intelligent glitch-pop sensibilities. They feel revitalized and full compared to the album's more barren and aimless moments, and make good on any promises to grab attention.

While Deeply Faulted Area Resembling an Upright Deck of Cards is indisputably an electronic record, it feels more artificial and flat than most, and generally misses its aim in creating memorable melodies beneath the dark structures. Perhaps a bleak nature is something the album is aspiring toward, in which case the theme is definitely realized, though any claims of indelibility can only be cashed in on the two neighboring highlights. The remaining tracks are often murky, unremarkable, or too drawn out. This feels like a record to get lost in the shuffle, or in a more positive sense, one to build on, and to keep aspiring.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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