As the Polka Turns
Amon Tobin has always been a standout artist in the respect that he takes ideas and mediums many other artists attempt to manipulate, and never seems to sound redundant or boring. Amon Tobin's ninth LP ISAM is no exception. Sample-heavy soundscapes infused with glitchy electronica and psychadelic textures fills ISAM to the brim, leading the listener through a dark and trippy sci-fi dream, interspersed with emerging pop moments reminicent of dubstep, or other more accessible elecronica.
Track 3, "GOTO 10," is one such track, building from a confusing array of glitches, buzzes and beats into something that resembles a deranged Joker track. Asaulting you with bursting grooves, increasing with intensity, the sound gets bigger and bigger, only to fizzle out when it begins to feel overwhelming.
Then there is the other side of ISAM: a more classically experimental take on electronica. "Night Swim," the second to last track on the album, is a dizzying array of twinkling, slightly uneasy cascades of sound, interspersed with deep, and ethreal, synth tones. When the track finally begins to come to a close, you are left with an ambient crackling not unlike the sound of Pop Rocks resonating in your mouth.
Whether you are a returning fan of Amon Tobin's work, or someone knew to his this artist's strange musings, you won't be disapointed. Theres something for anyone interested in electronica on ISAM, you've just got to travel through the dream to find it.
Stream Amon Tobin here: http://www.myspace.com/tobinamon
Download "Lost and Found" from ISAM here: http://www.amontobin.com/
For background info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amon_Tobin