Audiobulb is a newly started electronic music label, run by David Newman (aka Room), it features artists from all over the world making ‘exploratory electronic music’. Their first two releases (Exhibition # 1 and Exhibition # 2) were released online on their homepage for everyone to download free of charge. Receiving critical acclaim for both of the online releases here is their first CD, featuring 14 of the label's artists doing one ‘switch’ each.
The music on the CD is much like their two first releases: whimsical, glitchy and complex. Most of Audibulb’s artists are in the vein of Leafcutter John; using organic and warm sounding electronic glitches over beautiful ambient melodies. Most of the artists also seem to have a distaste for the repetitive nature of electronic music, refusing to stay with one beatline for even a few seconds.
Bllix displays another track with slowpaced ambient pads and IDM beats. She manages to just keep enough variation to uphold interest from the listener, which is more than one can say about the next track: Diagram of Suburban Chaos – Wishing a Disease. DoSC has been hailed as the best of the artists on Audiobulb, and his two tracks on the online releases were indeed excellent. This track however, suffers from a lack of variation; it all sounds quite generic and much like a standard IDM affair. Henry Leo Duclos provides more wrong-placed beats and clicks, which sound good enough on their own, but a more evocative melody would have been appreciated.
Autistici continues in the same vein as on his online releases, making long holding melodies and microsounds. More than any of the other artists, Autistici makes visual music, provoking images with each of the sounds he uses. Build is next with intricately patterned glitchy IDM over an organ melody. Phrizzm is also featured, with the most suggestive piece since Leafcutter John’s merry-go-around “Dead Men Can’t Talk, They Can’t Do Anything” and Labyrinth’s drunken “Vibra 502”. The track “Half Asleep” does as the title suggests, sounding like you are nearly falling asleep, with the tempo dropping as you close your eyes and nearly fall asleep, then it bursts back into speed as you realise what is going on and try to elope the somnambular status.
Room has also added a track to the CD called “Your Open Face”, with a very emotional melody and crunchy IDM beats. The ending track is from Effacer and it displays Asian percussive instruments over a slowpaced melody. After a while it tends to bore a bit and really does not serve well as an ending track to the CD.
All in all Audiobulb display immense originality and will most definitely be a major part of the electronic music scene in a few years. Comparisons with other artists and labels are not easily made because Audiobulb do most things very differently from everyone else, but the similarity between many of the artists here displayed and Leafcutter John is a good one. Both he and the artists here seem to take great pleasure in making the electronic music sound extravagantly warm, complex and humane.
The free mp3 releases and the CD can be found here: www.audiobulb.com
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